During Charles Darwin's 1831-6 voyage on the Beagle, his on-board library included 'Cook's voyages' (the edition is not specified). This illustrated 1821 edition, in seven volumes, is representative of the versions available in the early nineteenth century. Volumes 5-7 cover the third Pacific voyage of James Cook (1728-79), which began in July 1776 and ended in his death in Hawaii. Its objective was to search for the Pacific end of the North-West Passage. Volume 6 contains Cook's journal of the voyage from July 1777 to January 1779. From Tahiti, he sailed via Hawaii to Nootka Sound, and reached the Bering Strait in June 1778. The expedition then explored the Aleutian Islands and the Alaskan coast, reaching 70 degrees north, but by late August fog and snow meant the mission had to be abandoned for that year. The ships sailed south to Kamchatka and then back to Hawaii.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.09(d)|
Table of Contents
Book III. Transactions at Otaheite and the Society Islands, and Prosecution of the Voyage to the Coast of North America: 1. An eclipse of the moon; 2. Interview with Otoo, king of the island; 3. Conference with Towha; 4. Peace made with Eimeo; 5. Arrival at Eimeo; 6. Arrival at Huaheine; 7. Arrival at Ulietea; 8. Arrival at Bolabola; 9. Accounts of Otaheite still imperfect; 10. Progress of the voyage after leaving the Society Islands; 11. Some islands discovered; 12. The situation of the islands now discovered; 13. Observations made at the Sandwich Islands, on the longitude, variation of the compass, and tides; Book IV. Transactions among the Natives of North America: 1. The ships enter the sound and moor in a harbour; 2. The name of the sound, and directions for sailing into it; 3. Manner of building the houses in Nootka Sound; 4. A storm after sailing from Nootka Sound; 5. The inlet called Prince William's Sound; 6. Progress along the coast; 7. Discoveries after leaving Cook's River; 8. Progress northward after leaving Oonalashka; 9. Behaviour of the natives, the Tschutski, on seeing the ships; 10. Return from Cape North along the coast of Asia; 11. Discoveries after leaving Norton Sound; 12. Departure from Oonalashka.