JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN COOK'S LAST VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, ON DISCOVERY ; PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, ILLUSTRATED WITH CUTS, AND A CHART, SHEWING THE TRACTS OF THE SHIPS EMPLOYED IN THIS EXPEDITION. FAITHFULLY NARRATED FROM THE ORIGINA
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Facsimile ed., Readex Microprint, USA. (Xii) + xlvi + 396 pp., frontis + other cuts & a chart. Faux leather ; gilt. 21 x 15cm. Nr.FINE. Facsimile reprint of a rare contemporary book first published in London in 1781, being an account of the voyage to the South Seas of HMS DISCOVERY between 1776 and 1779, based on Captain Cook's own journal of his final tragic voyage. Published anonymously, it was later established that the editor was John Rickman, a lieutenant serving under Cook in the DISCOVERY. According to the NMM Catalogue of the Library (Vol. I, 1968, # 588, p.205) : "…the author of this work was originally believed to be John Ledyard, the American corporal of marines, it has since been shewn beyond any reasonable doubt that the actual author was Lieutenant John Rickman, (see article by Judge F. W. Howay, in the Washington Historical Quarterly, vol. xii, no. 1, January 1921, pp. 51-58). This proof is based on the fact that the text of the above volume shows its author was originally in DISCOVERY, but was transferred to RESOLUTION in August 1779, whereas Ledyard served aboard RESOLUTION throughout the voyage (Holmes)."