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Ellis, William Wade (1751-1785) An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage Performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke.

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2950B
Lot:
252
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$1,169$950

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Books & Manuscripts - 2950B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
October 30, 2016 11:00AM

Description:

Ellis, William Wade (1751-1785) An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage Performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke. London: for Robinson, Sewell, and Debrett, 1783. Second edition, published one year after the first, two octavo volumes, illustrated with a folding map and twenty-one plates; bound in uniform contemporary calf, rebacked; boards rubbed, contemporary signatures on titles, minor scattered foxing, light dampstaining to the last leaves of volume two, 8 1/4 x 5 in. (2)
Ellis's account of Cook's voyages was published two years before Cook's own work. These works came out in contravention of instructions from the Admiralty to surrender his journals and logs. "The fine plates are among the earliest published on the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the Northwest." (Quoted from The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages at the University of California, San Diego, New Haven & Sydney: William Reese Company & Hordern House, Ltd., 2004.)
Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney.
Estimate $800-1,000


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Keywords

William Wade, Cook, Clerke, David Spinney, Islands, London, Sydney, British people, Charles Clerke, English people, Exploration, Fellows of the Royal Society, James Cook, Sewell

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