Christchurch, NZ: Avon Fine Prints, 1969. First Edition. 168pp. Oblong folio [31.5 cm x 46 cm] 3/4 blue leather over blue cloth boards. Gilt titles on the backstrip. Near fine in blue cloth slipcase that shows minor wear. Item #2203
This edition was limited to 2000 numbered copies, this is copy 746. Work dedicated to the art and illustration that came out of Cook's legendary Pacific journeys of the late 18th century, illustrated with 130 large plates many in color.
"It is difficult in the world of today to appreciate fully the effect that Cook's explorations had upon eighteenth century Europe. Something of this impact is indicated by the endless reprints of the accounts of them, translated into a dozen languages, and innumerable books relating to Cook written since his death." - from the Introduction.