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COOK, James.
A voyage towards the South Pole, and round the world. Performed in his majesty's ships the Resolution and Adventure in the years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. In which is included, captain Furneaux's narrative of his proceedings in the Adventure during the separation of the ships.
London, W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.2 volumes. 4to. Contemporary calf, gilt fillets, skilfully rebacked, spines gilt. With 14 engraved maps and charts (many folding or double-page) and 50 engraved plates (including frontispiece portrait of captain Cook; many double-page) and 1 folding letterpress table. XL,378; (8),396 pp.Second edition; first edition published the same year. - The official account of Cook's second voyage, historically the most important of the three great voyages by captain Cook. 'Cook proved that there was no 'Terra Australis' which supposedly lay between New Zealand and South America, but became convinced that there must be land beyond the ice fields. The men of this expedition became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. Further visits were made to New Zealand, and on two great sweeps Cook made an astonishing series of discoveries and rediscoveries including Easter Iland, the Marquesas, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Niue, the Tonga Islands, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, and a number of smaller islands. Rounding Cape Horn, on the last part of the voayge, Cook discovered and charted South Georgia, after which he called at Cape Town, St. Helena and Ascension, and the Azores. John Reinhold Forster and his son Georg were the official botanists on board. Dr. Anders Sparrman, a Swedish scientist, joined the expedition on the way out at Cape Town. William Hodges was the artist with the expedition. Omai, a Polynesian native taken aboard by Cook, was lionized by London society upon his return' (Hill p.123). With beautiful illustrations … [Click Below for Full Description]
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