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Captain Cook’s Journal


Edited by Captain W. J. L. Wharton.

First voyage round the world made in H.M. Bark “Endeavour” 1768-71.

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London: Elliot Stock, 1893. First Edition. Octavo, 27 x 19cm, green boards, double ruled at the head and foot in gilt, facsimiles of Cook’s signature in gilt on the front board, title, author and publisher in gilt on the spine, edges untrimmed, tissue-guarded portrait frontispiece, 3 fold-out maps, 2 facsimile letters, 2 full page plates, 3 folded maps in pocket attached to rear board, pp. lvi + 400 (icludes Index).

Very Good. Slight wear to extremities and joints, head and tail of spine pressed in, two light scratches on the front board, top edge dust-toned, front endpapers separated along the gutter, a Lloyd’s London bookplate on front paste down (pasted over a previous Lloyd’s bookplate) together with a note in ink that says, “Presented to Lloyd’s in 1930 by E. S. Lamplough, Esq.” Previous owner’s stamp, “C.E. Buckle”, on the front free endpaper. Leaves are slightly age-toned along the edges, with the very occasional minor spot of foxing, also to the edges. Some light annotations in pencil, one signed C.E.B. A pale green silk ribbon has been laid inbetween pp94 and 95, leaving a faint mark along the inside margin.  There is a 5cm tear to the rear pocket.

Edited by Hydrographer of the Admiralty Captain W. J. L. Wharton, Captain Cook’s Journal Of His First Voyage Round The World In The H. M. Bark “Endeavour” (1768 – 1771) is the first time Cook’s account appeared in print without being “jumbled together” with those of Banks, Solander and Hawkesworth (from the Preface).

Provenance: E. S. Lamplough (1860 – 1940) was a skilled organist and President of the Weslyan Historical Society from 1936 until his death in 1940. In the business world he was first an underwriter for Lloyd’s and eventually its Deputy Chair. The identity of C.E. Buckle is unknown. According to a pencil annotation signed C.E.B. on p.xviii, his great grandfather was a captain under Boscawen at Louisburg (1758). It is a recorded fact that after the battle, Boscawen despatched a Captain Matthew Buckle in the “Gibraltar” to England with dispatches while he repaired damage to his ship. This volume was acquired some years ago by an Australian sea captain now retired and residing in Brisbane.