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Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
London: E. Newbery,, 1781. performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, illustrated with cuts, and a chart, shewing the tracts of the ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully narrated from the original MS. Octavo (208 x 123 mm). Mid-19th century purple half calf, decorative gilt spine, marbled sides, red speckled edges, drab olivine endpapers. Housed in a green cloth chemise and green quarter morocco slipcase. Engraved folding frontispiece of the death of Cook, folding map, 4 plates (one folding, two by Royce after Dodd). From the library of the noted bibliophile Frank S. Streeter (d.2006), with his oval book label; holograph coat of arms on preliminary blank. Spine sunned, binding rubbed at extremities, corner of Q3 torn away with loss of a few words, stain in margin at B1, map laid down, abraded lightly at folds (a couple of old tape marks), but withal a very good copy. First edition of the "first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published anonymously to avoid legal action by the Admiralty" (Forbes). An attractive copy, with the points outlined for Forbes's state A (although "the exact priority not established"). "The author, John Rickman, was a second lieutenant aboard the Discovery (being discharged to the Resolution on August 23, 1779). While at China, Captain King (under orders from the Admiralty) took possession of and sealed all logs, journals, maps, and drawings, an action that Rickman describes on page 382. Despite this action, the author was somehow able to secretly retain a copy of his journal, which formed the basis of this text. It provides an important supplement to the official account of the third voyage published in 1784" (ibid.).
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