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A second Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCLXXII, LXXIII, LXXIV, LXXV.

By James Cook, Esq. Commander of His Majesty's Bark, the Resolution. Undertaken by Order of the King, and encouraged by a Parliamentary Grant of Four Thousand Pounds. Drawn up from Authentic Papers.

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London, Printed for the Editor: Sold by J. Almon, opposite Burlington-House, Picadilly; And Fletcher & Hodson, Cambridge, 1776

The rarest of all the surreptitious accounts of Cook's voyages, issued with a title phrased to mislead the public into believing it to be Cook's own account, it was initially accepted as an authentic account but the book was so quickly exposed and denounced that very few copies of the first issue appear to have found buyers and it is extremely rare.

Following the return of the Third Voyage with news of Cook's death in 1780 and the subsequent heightened public interest in Cook, the original title-leaf was cancelled and replaced by a rephrased title-page with a new date, now attributing authorship to 'An Officer on Board'. This ploy seems also to have been unsuccessful – the public was interested in the Third Voyage – and, consequently, that second issue is as rare as the first.

Beaglehoe remarks that 'it recounts a few incidents, not otherwise known, which do not seem

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First edition. 4to (30.75 x 25 cms), [4],102, [2 (errata)] pp., uncut in original boards, neatly rebacked to style, light brown stain to inner upper quarter of pages through to C1, spotting to last 6 pages, overall a super rarity in excellent condition, well preserved in modern blue cloth box, red morocco label.


Beddie, 1245; Davidson Collection, 83 (second issue); Hill, 1545; Holmes, 39; Kroepelien, 1172; cf. Rosove, 214 (annotation); Sabin, 16246; not in Spence.

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