London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773-84. Item #03475
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook, with the Atlas
[COOK, Captain James]. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, And successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour: drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several commanders, And from the Papers of Joseph Banks, Esq; by John Hawkesworth, LL.D.…London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773.
Second and best edition. Three quarto volumes (11 5/16 x 8 7/8 inches; 288 x 226 mm.). , xxxvi, , 456; xiv, 410; 395, [1, blank] pp. Fifty-two engraved plates and charts (some folding). Small lower-margin worm track in volume II affecting Gg1-Ii4 (pp. 227-249). Small lower-margin tears on plate 19 in volume III (between pp. 152/153). Title-page of volume I with early ink inscription (very feint) on top margin, title-page of volume II with early ink inscription,
COOK, Captain 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…The fourth edition. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1784.
Fourth edition. Two quarto volumes (11 5/8 x 9 5/16 inches; 295 x 236 mm.). xl, 378; , 396 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Captain James Cook by J. Basire after Wm. Hodges in Volume I, and sixty-three engraved plates and charts (some folding). Folding table facing p.  in Volume II. Small worm-track on lower margin of folding plate between pages 8 and 9. Clean lower inner-margin tear on leaf O3 (pp. 101/102).
COOK, Captain James, and Captain James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in his Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Discovery; In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780… London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan: for G. Nicol, 1784.
First edition. Three quarto volumes (11 3/8 x 9 1/16 inches; 289 x 230 mm.), plus folio atlas volume (21 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches; 543 x 400 mm.). [viii], xcvi, 421, [1, blank]; [xii], 549, [1, blank]; [xii], 558 pp. Twenty-three engraved plates and charts (some folding) in the text volumes and two large folding charts and sixty-two plates in the atlas volume (eighty-seven total). Engraved medallion portraits facing title-pages of volumes I and III. Folding table facing p. 530 in Volume III. Small marginal tears (paper-flaws?) on text leaf Tt3 (pp. 325/326) and folding plate 84, facing page 471 in volume II. Twenty-three of the engraved plates in the atlas have been professionally cut and mounted on thick paper to size.
A complete set of the three voyages of Captain Cook.
Together eight text volumes and the folio atlas volume. Uniformly bound in mid-twentieth century half speckled calf over marbled boards, ruled in blind. Spines with five raised bands (atlas with six raised bands) decoratively tooled in gilt, with red and green morocco labels, top edge gilt (third voyage all edges gilt). Some light spotting and offsetting but generally a very clean set.
“On his first voyage, 25 August 1768 to 12 July 1771, Cook circumnavigated New Zealand and for the first time explored the east coast of Australia… of which he took possession for Great Britain; he also sailed through the straits separating New Guinea and Australia.
On the second, and historically most important, voyage (13 July 1772 to 30 July 1775) he began by cruising as far south as possible around the edge of the Antarctic ice. He again visited New Zealand and, cruising through the Pacific, discovered, or explored again, many of the islands, in particular New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia.
“The third voyage (11 July 1776 to 4 October 1780) was undertaken to find the North-West Passage from Europe to the East. After again visiting Tasmania, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, Cook sailed on to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. He charted the North American coast from Oregon as far north as the Bering Strait, where ice turned him back. On the way back the great explorer was killed [in 1779] in a fight with natives in Hawaii.
“Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean and Australia, and Cook proved once and for all that there was no great southern continent, as had always been believed. He also suggested the existence of Antarctic land in the southern ice ring, a fact which was not proved until the explorations of the nineteenth century.
“Cook was a brilliant navigator and hydrographer, and excellent administrator and planner, and probably the first sea captain to realize the importance of preserving the health and well-being of his crew” (Printing and the Mind of Man).
These voyages of discovery were also the first to carry professional artists (notably Parkinson, Hodges, and Webber). The volumes are justly famous for their splendid plates, many of which were engraved by Bartolozzi.
The second edition of the first voyage differs from the first in that it contains a preface, in which Hawkesworth replies to the charges made against him by Alexander Dalrymple in a pamphlet published after the appearance of the first edition, and in that each volume is separately paginated.
Hill I, pp. 139-140 and 61-62. Holmes 5, 24, 47, and 69. Mitchell Library 650, 1217, 1552, and 32. Printing and the Mind of Man 233. Sabin 30934, 16245, 16250, and 37954.