London: Printed for Alex. Hogg... [n.d., 1784-1786?]. With frontispiece of Cook, a large fold-out map facing page 5, and with 156 (of 157) engraved plates. Includes sections on the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Lord Mulgrave, Lord Anson, and Sir Francis Drake. The account of Cook’s third and last voyage begins at page 399, rather than preceding the account of Byron’s voyage, as it appears in some copies. Front hinge expertly strengthened. Some wear and spotting to cloth. Top edge gilt. Late nineteenth century marbled endpapers. Lacks plate facing page 142 (“Portraits of a Man and Woman of Easter Island,” numbered 36 in binder’s instructions at end of book). Plate facing 644 bound in upside-down. Plate facing page 482 torn at fore-edge, touching illustration and some text but with no loss. Small tear at top edge of plate facing page 598, touching illustration but with no loss. Creasing and wrinkling to map facing page 5. Page 165 torn at top edge, repaired with document repair tape. Some toning and offsetting, but a good, clean copy (despite lacking plate) of this extremely popular and influential edition. Late nineteenth century half morocco over textured cloth boards, ruled in gilt. Spine with six raised bands, plus rule, stamping, and lettering in gilt. Folio. 182 leaves, pp. iv, 5-655. Item #16714
The single-volume folio edition. This edition of Cook’s Voyages was originally published in eighty sixpenny issues, most of them with two engravings each, which were then gathered and released in a single-volume edition by the publishers with added front matter. The list of subscribers that appears at the end of some copies was omitted from the present by the publishers or binders, which is not uncommon. The present item does not exactly match any state listed in Forbes’ Hawaiian National Bibliography, having distinctive traits of both states one and two. Forbes does not give priority to the first three states, though he dates copies in state four between 1790 and 1792.
Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 61. Hill, 18 (different state). Beddie, 17-19.