[TRAVEL & EXPLORATION] -- [COOK, James (1728-1779)]. -- [SECOND VOYAGE]. 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. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1779.
2 volumes, 4to (286 x 223 mm). 59 (of 63) engraved maps, plates and plans, many double-page or folding, letterpress vocabulary table. (Lacking portrait frontispiece, a few plates, maps and leaves with separations along folds or tears with occasional old repairs, some browning.) Modern panelled calf antique.
Third edition. "Cook was a brilliant navigator and hydrographer, an excellent administrator and planner, and probably the first sea captain to realize the importance of preserving the health and well-being of his crew...On his second voyage, of 112 men on board the Resolution , which he commanded, Cook lost only one by disease - and that not scurvy - a unique achievement in his time" (PMM 223). Hill p.61.
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