London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1785.
Third edition. Large folding general chart of the expedition, folding chart of the Island of Otaheite, and 9 folding plates. [lvi], 362; , 447; , 416; , 429,  pp. 4 vols. 8vo. Cook's first voyage. Modern calf over marbled paper boards. Occasional foxing and minor offset, a very clean copy Beddie 665; ESTC T165111. Item #310841
Third edition of this chronicle of important English south-seas expeditions, including Cook's monumental first voyage, which is covered in volumes 2-4. The aim of Cook's first voyage was to sail to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus; having done so Cook left Tahiti and discovered the Society Islands, explored New Zealand at great length, as well as the eastern coast of Australia, which he charted for 2,000 miles and named New South Wales. The expedition lasted from 1768-1771 and resulted in the annexation of both Australia and New Zealand by Britain, won Cook fame, and led to his two subsequent voyages.
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