Illustrations of the botany of Captain Cook's voyage round the world.

Britten, James

London: British Museum (Natural History), 1900-1905.
Folio, three volumes 102 pp. 320 photo-lithographic plates, three folding maps. Publisher's cloth-backed boards, paper cover and spine labels, a few spots otherwise a very good clean set, scarce.

The first publication of the drawings by Sidney Parkinson made on James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, being photo-lithographic reproductions of the original engravings that were never published, due to a variety of factors, until this present work. Alecto Editions published the plates in their entirety from 1980-1990.

Sidney Parkinson's drawings were the first representations of Australasian plants to make it to England; he died at sea in 1771. The third volume has a slightly different title than the first two, "Illustrations of Australian Plants collected in 1770 during Captain Cook's Voyage..." An Instructions to the Binder slip bound in Part III notes this change, stating that when all three parts were bound together, as was the intention, the temporary title-pages to the first two parts should be discarded. The work is here as issued by the publisher, in the original three parts. With typed catalogue entry from John Howell-Books laid in.

Great Flower Books p. 48; Holmes Capt. Cook 127; Nissen (Botany) 74.

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