A JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN COOK'S LAST VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND IN QUEST OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE, BETWEEN ASIA & AMERICA; PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1776, 1777, 1778, AND 1779...
by Ledyard, John
Hartford, 1783. 208pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf. Boards worn (leather on lower board loose but holding), corners abraded, outer joints worn. Later ink inscriptions on front pastedown. Titlepage soiled and worn. Moderately age-toned, soiled, and dampstained. Lacking the very rare map (as is virtually always the case). A good copy. In a half morocco and cloth box. "This is not only the first American book on the Northwest Coast, but also the first American book on Hawaii..." - Streeter. Ledyard sailed as a corporal of Royal Marines on Cook's last voyage, and was on board ship when Cook met his death on Hawaii. A native of Connecticut, he was with Cook during the first part of the American Revolution and in England until 1782. Assigned to the North American station, he deserted and returned to Hartford, where this account (evidently intermixed with the 1781 narrative of John Rickman, probably by an unidentified editor) was published in 1783. One of the rarest subsidiary accounts of Cook's voyage, and a book of the greatest interest in the history of the Northwest Coast and its exploration. HOWES L181, "d." STREETER SALE 3477. EVANS 17998. SABIN 39691. WICKERSHAM 6556. LADA-MOCARSKI 36. FORBES 52.
(Inventory #: WRCAM38404)
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