Woodbridge: The Boydell Press in association with Hordern House, 1999. Near Fine. First Edition. [Volumes 9.5x6.5in, Portfolio 15.5x10.25in]; Vol. I - cclxxxiv [introduction], 479 pp., 480-696 pp. [appendices, index and addenda/corrigenda], frontispiece color portrait of Cook, 45 maps and illustrations, bibliographic references, Vol. II - clxx [introduction], 682 pp., 683-1028 pp. [appendices, index and addenda/corrigenda], frontispiece color drawing of Resolution, 82 maps and illustrations, Vol. III, Part One - ccxxiv [introduction], 718 pp., frontispiece color portrait of Cook, 68 maps and illustrations, 13 sketch maps in text, bibliographic references, Part Two - viii, 724-1565 pp. [appendices with extracts of Officer Journals, ships companies and documents list], 1567-1647 pp. [index], 1-9 pp. [Addendum of Cook and the Russians, 1973], 11 illustrations, two maps in text and fold out at back cover, Portfolio - viii, 86 charts and views on 56 sheets; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and stamped gilt portrait of Cook on front, all edges trimmed; Minor shelf wear to covers, edges and corners, all maps, illustrations, charts and views fine. [reprint of Hill 367, reprint of Beddie/Mitchell 4762]. Item #13471
Captain James Cook (1728-1779), British explorer, navigator and cartographer, substantially contributed to the knowledge of the Pacific Islands and the coast of North America and Siberia in the three voyages spanning twelve years from 1768 to 1780. There have been many editions of the journals over the years, the Hakluyt Society's 1955-1967 publication edited by J. C. Beaglehole (John Cawte) and R. A. Skelton (Raleigh Aslin) has become the definitive and comprehensive edition.
John Cawte Beaglehole (1901-1971) was a New Zealand historian with Victoria University. He is mainly known for his comprehensive work editing the Journals of Captain James Cook and writing this biography in his last years. The edited Journals were published by the Hakluyt Society and quickly became a definitive resource and reference work for scholars on the Cook voyages.