A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Performed by James Cook in the Ship Endeavor, 2 Volumes
A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771; Performed by James Cook in the Ship Endeavor, 2 Volumes By Captain James Cook; Joseph Banks; John Hawkesworth. Published by The Right Honourable Lords of the Admiralty; Printed by James Rivington, New York, 1774. Engraver: Paul Revere Jr. & E. G. Gridley. Map designed by Bernard Romans. Leatherbound, 2 volumes with case included. Engraved illustrations and a Map of the navigation. Condition: GOOD. Leather covers scratched, some wear, edge damage. Frontispiece engraving missing half. Map of the voyage missing half. (Please see photos) Inside clear of damage, some aging evident, but remarkably well-preserved. The first voyage of Cpt. James Cook was a combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition to the south Pacific ocean aboard HMS Endeavour, from 1768 to 1771. It was the first of three Pacific voyages of which Cook was the commander. The aims of this first expedition were to observe the 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun (3–4 June of that year), and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis Incognita or "unknown southern land". The voyage was commissioned by King George III and commanded by Lieutenant James Cook, a junior naval officer with skills in cartography and mathematics. Departing from Plymouth in August 1768, the expedition crossed the Atlantic, rounded Cape Horn and reached Tahiti in time to observe the transit of Venus. Cook then set sail into the largely uncharted ocean to the south, stopping at the Pacific islands of Huahine, Borabora and Raiatea to claim them for Great Britain. In September 1769, the expedition reached New Zealand, being the second Europeans to visit there. Cook and his crew spent the following six months charting the New Zealand coast before resuming their voyage westward across open sea. In April 1770, they became the first Europeans to reach the east coast of Australia, making landfall on the shore of what is now known as Botany Bay. The expedition continued northward along the Australian coastline, narrowly avoiding shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef. In October 1770, the badly damaged Endeavour came into the port of Batavia in the Dutch East Indies, her crew sworn to secrecy about the lands they had discovered. They resumed their journey on 26 December, rounded the Cape of Good Hope on 13 March 1771, and reached the English port of Deal on 12 July. The voyage lasted almost three years.