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Captain James Cook
A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Undertaken By the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere : Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780
Philadelphia: Robert Desilver, 1818. Leather Bound. Very Good. 2 volume set. Philadelphia: Robert Desilver, J. Maxwell, printer. 1818. 2 v. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm. V. 1 [I-XXXV] (37-445) V. 2 (1-350) 8vo. Quarterbound in imitation brown leather. Contemporary brown leather boards. Black leather title stamp on spines with gilt lettering. Tight binding and solid boards. Minimal shelf wear. Light rubbing to boards. Minor wear to title stamps. Bumping to corners. Endpapers replaced. Inscription of one, "F. Bollmann, Williamsport, Pennsylvania" dated "1828" on preliminary page of Volume 1. Copper plate engraving of Capt. James Cook, F.R.S. adjacent to title page in Volume 1. Hand drawn ink sketch of a 19th century cannon on final page of volume. Intricate calligraphic sketch of a swan on preliminary page of Volume 2. Owners inscription is repeated several times in calligraphy on the next page. Copper plate engraved portrait of Captain Charles Clerke adjacent to title page. Foxing, browning. <br><Br>Though Capt. James Cook (1728-1779) started life as a deck hand in a coal boat, he rose to positions of high command in the British navy and made some of the greatest discoveries of the 18th century. In 1776, Cook was ordered to search for a western entrance to the fabled Northwest Passage across America. This trek brought him to Hawaii, the Oregon coast, and far north, past the Bering Strait. The ships left the American coast on Oct. 26, 1778, without having found a Northwest Passage. After he was killed in a dispute with natives upon returning to Hawaii, Cook's crew made another un … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sequitur Books [Boonsboro, MD, U.S.A.]

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