Press Release: Captain James Cook – The Journals 1768–1779

The Journals 1768–1779

Captain James Cook

Selected, edited and introduced by Philip Edwards

Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage, this sumptuous three-volume set of his private journals from The Folio Society is accompanied by a full-size chart tracing the routes of his journeys.

The voyages which Cook undertook between 1768 and 1779 considerably increased British knowledge of the Pacific and Southern Oceans. His is the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, the first documented circumnavigation of New Zealand, and he further penetrated the far-flung waters of Antarctica, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Alaska and Tonga.

The first voyage (1768 to 1771) recorded in Tahiti the transit of Venus across the sun’s face, the second voyage (1772 to 1775) set out to find the Great Southern Continent, and the third and final voyage (1776 to 1779) looked for the North-West passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It was after failing to find this fabled route that Cook turned south to explore Hawaii, where he was stabbed and killed by islanders in 1779.

Each volume is devoted to one of Captain Cook’s three pioneering voyages, and contains a concise and informative introduction, maps of the voyage and Philip Edwards’ unsurpassed selection of the journal itself (the third volume also includes a postscript on Cook’s death). All three voyages included scientific officers (including Joseph Banks, later to become President of the Royal Society) whose chronicling of the natural history they encountered added incomparably to the Western World’s scholarship.

The books are presented in an elegant blocked slipcase, with all three volumes fully bound in cloth featuring illustrations by Croatian illustrator Tomislav Tomic´. Contemporary full-colour images of such subjects as Cook, his crews and ships, the places they visited and the inhabitants of these locations have beenresearched by the award-winning Folio picture team and appear alongside black-and-white integrated maps. In addition, the 1794 Chart of the Voyages of Captain Cook accompanies the three volumes in its own cloth-bound map case.

Product information
3 volumes bound in printed and blocked cloth with a design by Tomislav Tomic´. Set in Garamond. 736 pages in total with 24 pages of colour plates per volume. 11 mono integrated maps. Decorative title pages. Fold-out map bound in blocked cloth. Blocked slipcase•
UK £120.00 US $185.00 Can $235.00 Aus $270.00





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