COOK, James.

Storia de viaggi intrapresi per ordine di S.M. Brittannica [sic].

Ricavata dalle autentiche relazioni del medesimo, e dalle osservazioni di varj Filosofi Inglesi, compagni di tali spedizioni, con una Introduzione generale contenente la notizia de piú celebri viaggi precedenti, colla Vita di questo celebre navigatore, il tutto arricchito di Note e di altre interessanti Osservazioni.

Napoli: Presso La Nova Societa' Letteraria e Tipografica, 1784 Stock Code: 146680
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First edition in Italian of Cook's three voyages, together with the accounts of Byron, Carteret, Wallis and de Bougainville, presented here in a contemporary full vellum binding. Uncommon, with 13 copies traced institutionally worldwide.

"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, an excellent administrator and planner, and probably the first sea captain to realise the importance of preserving the health and well-being of his crew. He did everything possible to maintain their physical fitness and the cleanliness of both men and ships. He conquered the hitherto prevalent scurvy by cutting down the consumption of salt meat and by always having fresh vegetables and fruit on board" (Printing and the Mind of Man).

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13 volumes, octavo (198 x 122 mm). Contemporary full vellum, titles in gilt and shelf marks in manuscript to spines, edges speckled, green silk book markers.


Split to rear joint and calculations in ink to rear free endpaper of vol. I. Tear repaired to pp. 119-20 of vol. II. Ink ownership monogram stamped to half-titles and title pages, ink inscription to verso of title pages. Vellum discoloured across set, boards rubbed, occasional worming and wear, foxing and browning to contents; a good set.


Beddie 16; Forbes 73; not in Hill.


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