The Voyages of Captain James Cook: The Illustrated Accounts of The Epic Voyages

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The Voyages of Captain James Cook: The Illustrated Accounts of Three Epic Voyages by Nicholas Thomas (editor)

The Voyages of Captain James Cook is now available in a highly produced paperback edition specially to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage.

Captain James Cook's eighteenth century adventures circumnavigating the globe culminated in England's mapping of the known world. Now available in a handsome paperback edition, The Voyages of Captain James Cook tells the epic tale of expert cartographer and navigator Cook and his crew who set out from London on a quest of scientific discovery and exploration.

Over the course of three voyages, they sailed the South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic Circle, and much more. From Cook's travels came a wealth of knowledge: documentation of flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, and, best of all, maps of the world - all of which were recorded for posterity in Cook's journals and in the work of many crew members.

By the time Cook died in 1779, he had created charts so accurate that some were used into the 1990s. The Voyages of Captain James Cook is a handsome illustrated volume that's rich with excerpts from Cook's journals, illustrations, photos, and more that together create a fascinating account of his voyages.
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3  x 3.2 cm

About the Authors:

James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer, mapmaker, and navy captain. His three voyages to the South Pacific resulted in the mapping of previously uncharted lands. His voyages were also renowned for their scientific discoveries and for Cook's own extraordinary leadership skills.

John Hawkesworth (c. 1715-1773) was an English publisher and writer commissioned to edit the papers from Cook's first voyage. His accounts of the manners and customs of the cultures Cook encountered caused a sensation in England, and the backlash is rumored to have hastened his death.

Nicholas Thomas, director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge since 2006, is an anthropologist and historian. He visited the Pacific Islands first in 1984 to research his PhD thesis on the Marquesas Islands and later worked in Fiji and New Zealand, as well as in many archives and museum collections in Europe, North America, and the Pacific itself. His books include Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook (2003) and Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize.