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Journal of Cook's Last Voyage

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" John Rickman, second lieutenant on one of the two ships commanded by James Cook on his last expedition, wrote this journal during the voyage. It was first published anonymously in 1781, because the Admiralty embargoed all personal accounts until an official report of the voyage was released. Rickman apparently wanted to anticipate any attempt to blame him (a party under his command had killed a Hawaiian chief) for precipitating Cook's death. This revised edition, 'compared with, and corrected from, the voyage published by authority' was published - again anonymously - in 1785. After an editorial preface and an introductory account of earlier voyages to the South Seas, the journal itself offers a detailed first-hand narrative of the four-year voyage, including the deaths of Cook and of Captain Clerke, who took over command of the expedition but died of tuberculosis while searching for the western entrance to the North-West Passage. "

Book in very good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Some tanning to the top pages edges, otherwise no other faults. Protected by a plastic cover. Includes a pull-out map of Cook's last voyage. This a facsimile edition printed in 1967 of the original 1781 edition.

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Author(s):
John Rickman
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22 x 15 x 3.7 cm
Edition:
1967 facsimile edition of 1781 original
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
388
Publisher:
Frank Cass & Company Ltd/London

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" John Rickman, second lieutenant on one of the two ships commanded by James Cook on his last expedition, wrote this journal during the voyage. It was first published anonymously in 1781, because the Admiralty embargoed all personal accounts until an official report of the voyage was released. Rickman apparently wanted to anticipate any attempt to blame him (a party under his command had killed a Hawaiian chief) for precipitating Cook's death. This revised edition, 'compared with, and corrected from, the voyage published by authority' was published - again anonymously - in 1785. After an editorial preface and an introductory account of earlier voyages to the South Seas, the journal itself offers a detailed first-hand narrative of the four-year voyage, including the deaths of Cook and of Captain Clerke, who took over command of the expedition but died of tuberculosis while searching for the western entrance to the North-West Passage. "

Book in very good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Some tanning to the top pages edges, otherwise no other faults. Protected by a plastic cover. Includes a pull-out map of Cook's last voyage. This a facsimile edition printed in 1967 of the original 1781 edition.

Author(s):
John Rickman
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22 x 15 x 3.7 cm
Edition:
1967 facsimile edition of 1781 original
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
388
Publisher:
Frank Cass & Company Ltd/London

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