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“THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY”

(PACIFIC VOYAGES) (COOK, James). Cook's Three Voyages. London, 1773, 1777, 1784. Eight volumes altogether.

Scarce complete set of first editions of Cook's three Pacific voyages, including a first issue of the First Voyage, superbly illustrated with 203 engraved charts, maps and plates, many double-page or folding—including the famous "Death of Captain Cook" plate, drawn by Webber and engraved by Bartolozzi, issued separately and here bound in. A uniformly and very handsomely bound set in eight large quarto volumes. $49,000.


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“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT”

JOHNSON, Samuel. Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1755. Two volumes.

First edition of the first great dictionary of the English language, Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue… combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings, 3)—“Johnson’s writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics.” An unusually tall, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $36,000.


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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION”

HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan. London, 1651.

First edition, first issue of one of the most controversial and important tracts ever written in political philosophy—"a model of vigorous exposition, unsurpassed in the language"—and a major influence on the framers of the American Constitution. $27,000.


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