Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage a L’Ocean Pacifique, ordonne par le roi d’Angleterre.

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Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage a L’Ocean Pacifique, ordonne par le roi d’Angleterre.


Four volumes of James Cook's third voyage of discovery. A valuable French translation of the detailed account of James Cook's (1728-1779) third and final voyage of discovery, which tragically ended with his murder by the natives. With preface by the French editor and a general introduction summarising the exploits and discoveries of the first two voyages. Volume 1 on 437 with 6 folding maps and folding views each, 1 map and 6 miscellaneous illustrations. Volume 2 on 422 pages with 3 folding maps, 5 folding views, 3 maps, 3 illustrations. Volume 3 on 488 pages with 7 folding maps, 7 folding views, 1 map and 8 illustrations. Volume 4 on 552 pages with 4 folding maps, 8 folding views and 7 illustrations. Engraved by Benard. Somewhat stained in places, volume 3 waterstained at front and one glued large folding map.


c. 1785


Cook (1728-1779)

Captain James Cook FRS was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. He made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. In three voyages, Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and scale not previously charted by Western explorers. As he progressed in his voyages of discovery, he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage, and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions. Cook was attacked and killed in 1779 during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific, Hawaii.

Historical Description

New Zealand was discovered by Polynesians around the end of the 13th century, or at the latest in the first half of the 14th century, and was settled in several waves of immigration. The descendants of the first immigrants founded the Māori culture. The first Māori to reach the land found no mammals. To feed themselves, they first hunted the moa, a flightless bird remotely similar to the African ostrich. The first European to set eyes on New Zealand was the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman. His mission was to find the "Great Southern Land" because valuable raw materials were suspected there. On his voyage, in 1642, he discovered a "great high land" on the South Island, today's West Coast region. He was not sure and suspected that he had discovered another piece of Staten Landt coast. When he went to Golden Bay in what is now the Tasman region to explore the land up close, he had his first bloody encounter with the "aborigines" in which four Dutch sailors were killed. The "discoverer of New Zealand" never set foot on New Zealand soil. A year later, when an expedition under Hendrik Brouwer determined that the coastal strip found by Tasman did not belong to Staten Landt, the country was named Nova Zeelandia (Latin) or Nieuw Zeeland (Dutch), in reference to Australia, which had been called Nova Hollandia or Nieuw Holland. Like Tasman, the British captain James Cook was to find a suspected southern continent. In 1769, Cook's ship Endeavour, coming from Tahiti, encountered New Zealand at the southwestern point of the bay called Poverty Bay. After first hostile encounters, but then also successful approaches with Māori, Cook first circumnavigated the North Island and, after a longer stay in the Marlborough Sounds, the South Island and was thus able to prove that New Zealand was islands and not part of a continent. Cook and the scientists accompanying him began to map the country thoroughly, they explored flora and fauna extensively and gathered information about the Māori. Only a few weeks after Cook, Jean François Marie de Surville also reached the islands. In the following years, mainly whalers, sealers and later missionaries migrated to New Zealand. These maintained pronounced contacts with the Māori. The two parties engaged in lively trade with each other, and some Europeans also lived together with the Māori.

Place of Publication Paris
Dimensions (cm)27 x 22 cm
ConditionBinding in calfskin with gold embossing
TechniqueCopper print


570.00 €

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