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Lot #719
Sold For$5,000.00(hammer price)
 $5,900.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedNovember 23, 2013


(CAPTAIN COOK'S VOYAGES) Ledyard, J., A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and in Quest of a North-West Passage Between Asia and America; Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779. Hartford, Ct., 1783. First publication and first American edition of this work. O. Rebound in full brown calf with gilt and titled red spine label. Fitted clamshell box. 208 pp. Map not present. Title p. with some toning, and small stains throughout. Minor loss to margins of pp. Book seller's notes in pencil on replaced 2nd front free end paper.
Note: In 1776, American adventurer John Ledyard, having been impressed into the British Navy after jumping ship in England, joined Capt. Cook's third and final voyage, an expedition that would last until October 1780. In the years Ledyard was aboard, the expedition's two ships stopped at various islands off Africa and throughout the Pacific, including the first documented stop in Hawaii. The voyage eventually made its way to the northwest coast of North America, the Aleutian Islands and Alaska before returning to Hawaii where Cook was killed.

Once the expedition had returned to England, Ledyard, still a marine in the British Navy, was sent to Canada to fight in the American Revolution. Instead he deserted and returned to Dartmouth College, where he had studied briefly in 1772/73, and began writing his Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage.

Published in 1783, it was the first travelogue to describe Hawaii ever published in America, and it was the de facto first work to be protected by copyright in the United States. (It was protected under Connecticut state copyright by special act of the legislature; federal copyright was not introduced in the United States until 1790.)
Provenance: The Collection of Benno Brenninkmeyer.


Heavy toning throughout book.

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