The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King 1773 - LondonSecond Edition, First Edition, Second Edition ‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

Together nine volumes. Overall, a near fine set.
  John Hawkesworth. 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. In Three Volumes. Illustrated with Cuts, and a great Variety of Charts and Maps relative to Countries now first discovered, or hitherto but imperfectly known.
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773.

The second edition, which is preferred due to the presence of the previously suppressed "Streights of Magellan" chart, and the reply to Dalyrimple. Three volumes Large 4to. (11 x 8.5”) pp. [20] xxxvi [3, "
Directions for Placing the Cuts and Charts"] [1, Errata] 456; xiv 410; 395 [1, blank] pages. Fifty-two engraved plates and charts (some folding). All volumes collate complete. Sympathetically bound in modern half calf over marbled paper boards, spines tooled and ruled in gilt in compartments, two burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, five raised bands, top edges stained yellow.

Together with:
Captain James Cook. 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. Written by James Cook, Commander of the Resolution. In which is included, Captain Furneaux's Narrative of his Proceedings in the Adventure during the Separation of the Ships. In Two Volumes. Illustrated with Maps and Charts, and a Variety of Portraits of Persons and Views of Places, drawn during the Voyage by Mr. Hodges, and engraved by the most eminent Masters.
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1777.

First edition. Two volumes. Large 4to. (10.5 x 8.5”) pp. xl, 378; [8], 396. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Captain James Cook by J. Basire after Wm. Hodges in Volume I, and sixty-three additional engraved plates and charts (some folding). Folding table facing page [364] in Volume II. Both volumes collate complete. Sympathetically bound in modern half calf over marbled paper boards, spines tooled and ruled in gilt in compartments, two burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, five raised bands, top edges stained yellow, as above.


And:
Captain James Cook, and Captain James King. 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 His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery. In the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by Captain James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S.
Published by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. London: Printed by H. Hughes: For G. Nicol; and T. Cadell, 1785.

Second edition. Three volumes 4to. (10.25 x 8.5”), plus large folio atlas volume (21.5 x 16”) pp. [10] xcvi 421 [1 blank]; [14] 548; [14] [1, blank] 556. Twenty-four engraved plates and charts (some folding) in the text volumes, and sixty-four large plates and charts (one folding, one double-page) in the folio atlas volume (eighty-eight total), including "The Death of Captain Cook" plate. Folding table facing page 528 in Volume III. Collates complete. The text volumes sympathetically bound in modern half calf over marbled paper boards, spines tooled and ruled in gilt in compartments, two burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, five raised bands, top edges stained yellow, uniform with the previous two sets. The atlas volume bound in near contemporary half tan calf over cloth boards, spine tooled and ruled in black, ruled in gilt, with two blue gilt morocco lettering labels.


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 civilisation 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 realise 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 illustrations by professional artists (notably Parkinson, Hodges, and Webber). The volumes are justly famous for their splendid plates, many of which were engraved by Bartolozzi.

Reference:
Printing and the Mind of Man 223. Hill, Pacific Voyages 783, 358, 361, 362.
  Condition: First Voyage - Some rubbing to binding, headcap to Volume I chipped, other headcaps somewhat worn. Rear hinges in first two volumes starting, yet solid. Overall, text toned, with some intermittent foxing and some dampstaining to top edges of all three volumes. Several plates browned and/or foxed, several folding plates with short tears at creases or tape reinforcement to verso. Second Voyage - Some rubbing to binding. Front hinges of both volumes and rear hinge of Volume II just starting, yet solid. Text is generally bright, with some intermittent foxing. Some plates foxed, several folding plates with tears at creases. Lower margins on a few plates a bit close, some offset from most plates, four leaves in Volume I (pages 249-252, 319-321) have small portions missing from outer margin, not affecting text, one small tear to outer margin on page 317 in Volume I. In Volume I, pages 375/376 bound out of sequence, but present. Third Voyage - Minor rubbing to text volume bindings, front hinge of Volume II just starting, some general foxing to text, and offset from plates, page 545/546 in Volume II has a paper repair to inner margin, right at text (without loss). Atlas volume has mild wear to spine edges and corners, some rubbing, light soiling to boards, a few plates foxed ("Death of Cook" plate heavily foxed, and with a three-inch tear to left side at bottom near image), plate xx just slightly loose.   Ref: 103452   Price: HK$ 400,000