During Charles Darwin's 1831-6 voyage on the Beagle, his on-board library included 'Cook's voyages'. This illustrated 1821 edition, in seven volumes, is representative of the versions available in the early nineteenth century. Volumes 1-2 cover the first Pacific voyage of James Cook (1728-79), to observe the 1769 transit of Venus from Tahiti. The text follows Hawkesworth's 1773 edition, which combined Cook's journal with ethnographical notes by the ship's scientist, Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Volumes 3-4 describe Cook's second voyage, and focus on New Zealand, the Pacific islands, and the Southern Ocean. On this voyage, the ship's naturalists were John Reinhold Forster and his son George (1754-94), who is credited as co-author. Volumes 5-6 are Cook's account of his third and final voyage, while Volume 7, by James King (1750-84), describes the death of Cook, the explorers' stay in Hawaii, and their return.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration|
|Product dimensions:||10.98(w) x 14.02(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
part of Terra del Fuego; 7. The sequel of the passage from Cape Horn to the newly discovered islands in the South Seas; 8. Arrival of the Endeavour at Otaheite; 9. A place fixed upon for an observatory and fort; 10. An excursion to the eastward; 11. The observatory set up; 12. Some ladies visit the fort with very uncommon ceremonies; 13. Another visit to Tootahah, with various adventures; 14. Ceremonies of an Indian funeral; 15. An account of the circumnavigation of the island; 16. An expedition of Mr Banks to trace the river; 17. A particular description of the island; 18. Of the manufactures, boats, and navigation of Otaheite; 19. Of the division of time in Otaheite, with some general observations for the use of future navigators; 20. A description of several other islands in the neighbourhood of Otaheite; Book II.