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The Journals of Captain Cook

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The writings of a first-rate scientist and daring adventurer, and a major inspiration for Elizabeth Gilberts bestselling novel The Signature of All Things

 

John Cook led three famous expeditions to the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. In voyages that ranged from the Antarctic circle to the Arctic Sea, Cook charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history of the Pacific. Accounts based on Cook's journals were issued at the time, but it was not until this century that the original journals were published in Beaglehole's definitive edition. His journals tell the story of these voyages as Cook wanted it to be told, radiating the ambition, courage and skill which enabled him to carry out an unrivalled series of expeditions in dangerous waters.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Synopsis:

Cook led three expeditions to the Pacific. In voyages ranging from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Sea, he charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history. This is a substantial selection from his journals.

Synopsis:

Captain Cook's Journals provide his vivid first-hand account of three extraordinary expeditions between 1768 and 1779. These charted the entire coast of New ZeaLand and the east coast of Australia and brought back detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga, and a host of previously unknown islands in the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands. The journals amply reveal the determination, courage, and skill that enabled Cook to wrestle with the continuous dangers of uncharted seas and the problems of achieving a relationship with the peoples whose unannounced guest he became. This edition, abridged from the definitive four-volume Hakluyt Society edition, makes Cook's inimitable personal account of his years of voyaging widely accessible for the first time and includes an Introduction to each voyage, a Glossary of unusual words, indexes of people and places, and a Postscript assessing the controversy surrounding Cook's death.

Table of Contents

List of maps

General Introduction

The First Voyage, 1768-1771

Voyage Maps

Introduction

Journal

The Second Voyage, 1772-1775

Voyage Maps

Introduction

Journal

The Third Voyage, 1776-1780

Voyage Maps

Introduction

Journal

Postscript: The Death of Cook

Glossary

Index of Persons

Index of Places

Location Maps

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140436471
Editor:
Edwards, Philip
Introduction:
Edwards, Philip
Author:
Cook, James
Author:
Cook, James R.
Author:
Edwards, Philip
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Cook, james, 1728-1779
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Oceania Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Abridged:
Y
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
888
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
7.66x5.38x1.22 in. 1.05 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Cook led three expeditions to the Pacific. In voyages ranging from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Sea, he charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history. This is a substantial selection from his journals.
"Synopsis" by , Captain Cook's Journals provide his vivid first-hand account of three extraordinary expeditions between 1768 and 1779. These charted the entire coast of New ZeaLand and the east coast of Australia and brought back detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga, and a host of previously unknown islands in the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands. The journals amply reveal the determination, courage, and skill that enabled Cook to wrestle with the continuous dangers of uncharted seas and the problems of achieving a relationship with the peoples whose unannounced guest he became. This edition, abridged from the definitive four-volume Hakluyt Society edition, makes Cook's inimitable personal account of his years of voyaging widely accessible for the first time and includes an Introduction to each voyage, a Glossary of unusual words, indexes of people and places, and a Postscript assessing the controversy surrounding Cook's death.

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