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The Life of Captain James Cook (The Journals of Captain James Cook, Volume IV 4)

Beaglehole, J. C. [John Cawte]

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ISBN 10: 0713613823 / ISBN 13: 9780713613827
Published by Hakluyt Society, 1974
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover in excellent, unmarked condition: slight handling, slight wear, slight undulation of the spine cloth. The dust jacket is good+ with light wear, a few tears, pale soiling on the back, and is protected by a clear, removeable cover. 760 pages. [3 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 58421

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Title: The Life of Captain James Cook (The Journals...

Publisher: Hakluyt Society

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Captain Cook is the greatest explorer-seaman of all time, yet the world has had to wait almost two centuries for the first full-scale biography to do justice to the man and his achievements. Professor J.C. Beaglehole, the leading authority on Pacific exploration, devoted himself for many years to the editing of Cook's copious Journals, a monument of scholarship in four massive volumes, and the Journal of Josepph Banks who accompanied Cook in the Endeavor. The Journals completed, Beaglehole turn to writing as the crown of his life's work this biography of Cook, which was completed but for a final checking when he died.

This is not merely a chronological account of events in Cook's life but a deeply revealing study of the growth of a complex character, stubborn and passionate yet patient and judicious, seen in his actions as an unrivalled navigator and explorer and as a commander of men. Those who influenced Cook from childhood up, and those who sailed with him on his voyages, are as clearly and surely drawn as the man himself. The author's first-hand knowledge of the Pacific Islands and the coasts of New Zealand and Australia give a warmth and actuality to the narrative, while his impeccable scholarship and skill in handling the mass of documentary material, his wit, and his elegant literary style, confirm the expectration that this is one of the great historical biographies.

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The culmination of the life work of the most distinguished historian of Pacific exploration, this lavishly illustrated biography places Cook in the context of his times and affirms his eminence in the history of maritime discovery.

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