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“THE MOST COMPELLING JUSTIFICATION FOR COOK’S VOYAGES”: FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY OF CAPTAIN COOK, 1788

(COOK, James) KIPPIS, Andrew. Life of Captain James Cook. London, 1788.

First edition of the first biography of Captain James Cook, with copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by James Heath, an unusually large, wide-margined copy in contemporary gilt-ruled calf boards. $8500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS OF ENGLISH NAVIGATORS”

ANDERSON, George William. New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World. London, 1784-86. Richly illustrated first edition account of the "first really scientific navigator," with engraved frontispiece portrait of Cook, 124 magnificent full-page plates of elevations, views, inhabitants, utensils, flora and fauna, and 31 maps and charts—including a large folding map of the world. $8000.

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“A RICH JEWEL, SPARKLING ON THE BOSOM OF THE OCEAN”

KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands. London, 1788.

First edition of this riveting account of a “bold and hazardous enterprize,” with stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Captain Henry Wilson, folding map of the Palau Islands and 15 superb full-page engraved plates of native portraits (the chief, his wife and son), views and plans, weapons and utensils. $3500.

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