The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery: Volume I: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772-1775, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery

Volume I: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772-1775, 1st Edition

By J.C. Beaglehole

Hakluyt Society

978 pages

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Captain James Cook’s first two voyages of exploration, in 1768-71 and 1772-75, had drawn the modern map of the South Pacific Ocean and had opened the door on the discovery of Antarctica. These expeditions were the subject of Volumes I and II of Dr J.C. Beaglehole’s edition of Cook’s Journals. The third voyage, on which Cook sailed in 1776, was directed to the Northern Hemisphere. Its objective was the discovery of ’a Northern Passage by sea from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean’ - the North-west Passage, sought since the 16th century, which would have transformed the pattern of world trade. The search was to take Cook into high latitudes where, as in the Antarctic, his skill in ice navigation was tested. Sailing north from Tahiti in 1778, Cook made the first recorded discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. On March 7 he sighted the Oregon coast in 44° N. The remarkable voyage which he made northward along the Canadian and Alaskan coasts and through Bering Strait to his farthest north in 70° nearly disproved the existence of a navigable passage towards the Atlantic and produced charts of impressive accuracy. Returning to Hawaii to refit, Cook met his death in a clash with the natives as tragic as it seems unnecessary. Dr Beaglehole discusses, with sympathy and insight, the tensions which led Cook, by then a tired man, into miscalculations alien to his own nature and habits. The volume and vitality of the records, both textual and graphic, for this voyage surpass those even for Cook’s second voyage. The surgeons William Anderson and David Samwell, both admirable observers, left journals which are also here printed in full for the first time. The documentation is completed, as in the previous volumes, by appendixes of documents and correspondence and by reproductions of original drawings and paintings mainly by John Webber, the artist of the expedition. In Dr Beaglehole’s words, ’no one can study attentively the records of Cook’s third, and last, v

Table of Contents

Contents: General introduction; Introduction to the first voyage; Note on Polynesian history; Textual introduction; Subordinate MS sources; The printed sources; The graphic records; Note on the printing of the text; On the annotation; The instructions; The journal; Appendices; Index.

About the Author

J.C. Beaglehole (13 June 1901 - 10 October 1971), formerly professor at Victoria University College, later the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

About the Series

Hakluyt Society, Extra Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography