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Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; 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. by  John RICKMAN - First Edition - 1781 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books and Biblio.com

Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; 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.

by RICKMAN, John

Condition: Near Fine


1781 1ed Captain James Cook Voyage Australia Zealand Hawaii Pacific MAP Rickman
"Remember, the greater the opportunity, the fewer are those who see it." – James Cook
James Cook was an 18th-century British explorer known for these three major world voyages. The third Pacific voyage, which began in 1776, took Cook and his crew around New Zealand and Hawaii. On this trip, Cook became well acquainted with the King of Hawaii, Kalani-opu'u. After spending time in the South Pacific, Cook also took his ship northward to the Aleutian Islands reaching to the Arctic Circle. Cook eventually died upon his return to Hawaii, after angering the King of Hawaii.
According to Hill, who does not note this rare Dublin edition, states:"This anonymous journal, of Captain Cook's third voyage, was once believed to have been written by John Ledyard, who had actually made liberal use of Lieutenant Rickman's account; hence the confusion. This narrative anticipated the government's authorized account by two years. All the journals kept on board were claimed by the Admiralty, thus the author remained strictly anonymous. The text, especially as regards details of Cook's death, differs considerably from other accounts."
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RICKMAN, John
Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; 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.
Dublin : Printed for Messrs. Price, Whetstone [and 17 others], 1781. TRUE FIRST EDITION
Details: Collation: Complete with all pages [2], i-xii, xv-xlvii, [1], 3965 engraved plates4 full-page1 large folding mapReferences: Howes R 276aaLanguage: EnglishBinding: Leather; tight & secureSize: ~8.25in X 5.25in (21cm x 13cm) Exceedingly rare with auction records and price comparisons at over $6,000
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