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(COOK, James.) ANDERSON, George William.

A New, Authentic, and Complete Account of Voyages Round the World...

Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive, Full and Complete History of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages... The Whole of these Voyages of Capt. James Cook, &c. being Newly written by the Editors from the Authentic Journals of Several Principal Officers and other Gentlemen of the most Distinguished Naval and Philosophical Abilities, who sailed in the Various Ships, and now publishing under the Immediate Direction of... Assisted, Very Materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution Sloop, and by Many Other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy.

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Published: London Alexander Hogg, [1784-6]

Stock Code: 119938

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition of this important omnibus of Cook's voyages also including the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Mulgrave, Anson and Drake. Printed in double column in "large new Types, constructed on Purpose to comprise much Matter in a little Compass" and issued in 80 sixpenny parts with avowedly philanthropic intentions, Hogg's edition certainly did much to disseminate knowledge of Cook's discoveries; "Some other editions of these Works, unnecessarily extended to many large Volumes by loose Printing &c. and published by mercenary Persons would cost the Purchaser the enormous Sum of upwards of Twenty Guineas; so that many Thousands of Persons who would wish to peruse the valuable Discoveries so partially communicated to the World have hitherto been excluded from gratifying their eager Curiosity; but this Edition is published in only Eighty Numbers at 6d each, making when complete either One or Two Large Handsome Volumes in Folio The Poor as well as the Rich will thus become familiarly acquainted with these extraordinary and important Voyages and Discoveries" (publisher's preface).
"An important collection of English voyages... which sometimes gives the original accounts, others are edited or abridged versions, and frequently additional material from other sources are added to give scope and depth to the narratives" (Hill). Although the book is sometimes referred to as "Anderson's Cook", George William Anderson is a pseudonym.
This copy with the ownership inscription of Captain Thomas Jellis, Northampton Fencibles, to head of title page, dated 1799. The Northampton Fencibles were raised in 1794. Jellis appears to have moved to America with his family in 1812, settling in Cartersville, Virginia. His grandson, Captain Thomas Jellis Kirkpatrick served in the Confederate Army, and was appointed Captain of the Amherst Artillery in July 1861, becoming a Major in 1865, commanding the Nelson's Battalion. Two additional engraved plates laid in, one of The Queen's Hotel, London, the other, hand-coloured, of a pair of shells.

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Folio (376 x 246 mm). Recent sprinkled half calf, marbled boards, to style, red morocco label, bands framed by reeded gilt rolls, foliate lozenge gilt to the compartments.


With engraved portrait frontispiece and 156 other plates, maps, and charts including one large folding map showing the track of Cook's voyages.


Sympathetically rebound, prelims and endmatter professionally restored, a number of short closed marginal tears some with archival tissue repairs, occasional marginal loss, that to the map at p.52 - Cook's Strait in New Zealand - with some loss of border and text, but overall a very good copy.


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