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New Authentic Collection of Captain Cook's Voyages

New Authentic Collection of Captain Cook's Voyages by COOK, James (1786)

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Author: COOK, James
Title: New Authentic Collection of Captain Cook's Voyages around the World
Year: 1786
Publisher: G Swindells
Place: Manchester
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £450
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[frontispiece & 4 plates] pp 620. Rare eighteenth century Manchester printing of Cook's voyages - located in three antipodean libraries and John Rylands only. Eighteenth century reversed calf, spine relaid with new paper label; new endpapers, laid in newspaper clipping about the death of 'The Last of Captain Cook's Crew'. Early ownership signature of 'Jos Incliff' visible on recto of frontispiece. Collated and complete as per the Manchester copy, page 536 misnumbered 556 and continued until the end, thus page 620 is actually p 600. Primitively engraved frontispiece portrait of Cook and the four further plates of 'Otata chief'; 'Tupapow in Otaheite'; 'Woman of Otaheite' (missing 7cm along gutter at tail of page - not affecting engraving) and 'The Death of Captain Cook' all present as called for. Frontispiece with tissue repair to edges, similarly title page and fold out final plate of the death of Cook; tissue repairs to edges of final leaf of text and endpapers. The book was printed on soft, poor quality paper which is fragile and easily torn; there are occasional worm tracks but thanks to restoration the book is now quite usable. James Cook (1728-1779), was one of the great explorers of his age whose first two expeditions were launched in an attempt to find the long postulated southern continent. Though unsuccessful in this endeavour his other discoveries gave these voyages great significance and spawned myriad publications chronicling his exploits and, finally, his death which appears in this volume in a large foldout engraving.
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