London: John Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, John Fielding, and John Hardy, 1784. First octavo edition. Leather bound. Four-volume set. 370pp, 359pp, 400pp, 310pp + index. Octavo [21.5 cm] in nineteenth-century diced brown calf with decorative gilt-ruled spines, simple gilt borders to boards and turn-ins, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Front board of volume 3 is detached, but present. All hinges softened, but holding; wear to joints; interiors unmarked. Good. Item #56991
Cook's accomplishments in mapping the Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia radically transformed western perceptions of world geography.