“THE STUDY OF COOK IS THE ILLUMINATION OF ALL DISCOVERY”
(PACIFIC VOYAGES) (COOK, James). Cook's Three Voyages. London, 1773, 1777, 1785. Nine volumes altogether.
Scarce complete set of Cook's three Pacific voyages, comprising the preferred second edition of the first voyage—issued the same year as the first, and "considered the best edition" (Hill), with material suppressed from the first—along with a first edition of the second voyage and a second edition of the third voyage, issued just one year after the first, complete with the splendid large folio atlas volume to accompany the third voyage. Superbly illustrated with 203 engraved charts, maps and plates, many double-page or folding. A fine set, uniformly and handsomely bound in contemporary calf-gilt. $72,000.