J.C. Beaglehole. The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery. Edited From the Original Manuscripts. Three Volumes in Four Plus Portfolio of Charts and Views
Woodbridge: Boydell Press Hordern House, 1999. Three volumes in four; folio portfolio, 58 charts and views. The Hakluyt authorised reprints. Blue buckram with gilt blocked portrait of Cook on top panels, gilt titling on spines. Volume I: The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771, cclxxxiv, 696pp., 45 illustrations and maps; Vol II: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772-1775, clxx, 1028pp., 82 illustrations and maps; Vol III: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780 Part One, ccxxiv, 718pp., 68 illustrations and 13 sketch maps; Vol IV: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780 Part Two, viii, 724-1647pp, 9pp (Cook and the Russians), a further 10 illustrations and two sketch maps.
For decades John Cawte Beaglehole’s work on Captain Cook’s voyages has remained unsurpassed and many subsequent biographies of Cook have been viewed as abbreviated versions of Beaglehole’s erudite and witty scholarship. Perhaps the one mild criticism Beaglehole will bear is that he was an enormous fan of Cook’s and was subsequently particularly scathing of any of Cook’s contemporaries that criticised him – notably Alexander Dalrymple the geographer and Joesph Reinhard Forster (see also Cook, the Discover). Recent scholarship has gone some way towards rehabilitating both these men, but Beaglehole remains the gold standard in Cook scholarship.
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