A. Kippis, A Narrative of the Voyages Round the World Performed by Captain James Cook. With an account of his life. Boston: N. H. Whitaker, 1828.
Complete in 2 volumes. Duodecimo (14.3 x 9cm). Volume one: pp. xi, 12-192, 205 (lacks pp 193-204), frontis, Illustrated title page, title, 8 plates. Volume two: pp. 209, frontis, illustrated title page, title, 6 plates, Appendix.
Condition: Defective. Volume one lacks 12 pages at the end and the engraved title of volume two has a large chip (repaired, no loss). Pages are supple but age-toned, moderate staining and scattered foxing (worst at the first few leaves), lending library bookplate on front paste-down. Full contemporary calf bindings, double blind ruled on top and bottom boards, spines separated into four panels, no titles.
Andrew Kippis (1725-1795) was a clergyman and biographer who contributed to The Gentleman’s Magazine, The Monthly Review, The Library and established The New Annual Register. His Cook’s Voyages was first published in 1788. It contains accounts of the three voyages, an account of Cook’s character and the effect of the voyages, and commentary on his services. The missing twelve pages at the end of volume one are at the conclusion of the the second voyage. Cook is deciding to winter in the tropics (having failed to find a continent to the south) when the narrative leaps to the last page and a re-provisioned Cook takes his leave of the luxurious isles and heads west.
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