TROISIÈME VOYAGE DE COOK, OU VOYAGE A L'OCÉAN PACIFIQUE, ORDONNÉ PAR LE ROI D'ANGLETERRE....

Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785. Eight volumes. [4],cxcvj,376,[6]; [4],344; [4],357; [4],340; [4],371; [4],439; [4],468; [4],304,108pp., plus folding vocabulary table in volume eight. Half title in each volume. Contemporary mottled calf, spines richly gilt with raised bands, edges of boards tooled in gilt. Light shelf wear and rubbing. Light tanning, an occasional fox mark. A very good set overall. Item #WRCAM57611

The exceedingly scarce eight-volume French octavo edition of Cook's third and final voyage. This edition, not recorded in any of the standard bibliographies, appears to have been issued by Hôtel de Thou simultaneously with the much more common four-volume octavo edition, itself published alongside the quarto edition of the same year. Neither octavo edition was accompanied by an atlas, but Forbes notes that "purchasers of this edition may have been able to obtain copies of the quarto edition atlas to complete their sets," thanks to the closeness of their publication. No eight-volume edition of Cook's third voyage is recorded by Forbes, Beddie, or Sabin, and we locate no evidence of such an edition on either Rare Book Hub or ABPC. OCLC locates only a single complete set in the northern hemisphere (at the St. Louis Mercantile Library), three more in Australia, and one in New Zealand. A very nice set of one of the rarest editions of Cook. OCLC 16324941, 220624693 (this ed). FORBES 91. BEDDIE 1557. SABIN 16261 (all for the four-volume ed).

Price: $4,000.00