Philadelphia: W. Woodward, for B. Johnson, 1796. 252pp. 12mo. Modern pink paper boards, printed paper label. Light dampstaining and soiling to text, heavier in some places. Good plus. Item #WRCAM46432
"Faithfully abridged from the quarto edition." An abridged children's version of Capt. James Cook's third and final voyage, on which he was murdered by natives. The third voyage was undertaken to continue the British survey of the Pacific, but most particularly to search for a northwest passage from the western side. Sailing in 1776, the expedition called at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society islands, then sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands. They then thoroughly explored and charted the Northwest Coast from the Bering Straits along the coast of Alaska and Canada, as far south as present northern California. Returning to Hawaii in 1778, the expedition was at first received warmly; but after departing and being forced to return to repair a mast, trouble developed which led to a tragic series of events in which the great navigator was killed. Relatively scarce, with fewer than ten copies listed in ESTC. EVANS 30276. ESTC W37314. FORBES 257. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 14 (ref).