Captain Cook's Journals provide his vivid first-hand account of three extraordinary expeditions. These charted the entire coast of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia, and brought back detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga and a host of until then unknown islands in the Pacific. The journals amply reveal the determination, courage and skill which enabled Cook to wrestle with the continuous dangers of uncharted seas and the problems of achieving a relationship with the peoples whose unannounced guest he became. This edition, abridged from the definitive four-volume collection published by the Hakluyt Society, makes Cook's inimitable personal account of his nine years of voyaging widely accessible for the first time. The selection preserves the spirit and rhythm of the full narrative, as well as Cook's idiosyncratic spelling. Philip Edwards gives an introduction to each voyage together with maps, a glossary of unusual words and indexes of people and places. A postscript offers a full assessment of the controversies surrounding Cook's death.
About the Author
Captain James Cook (1728-79) was born in Yorkshire and after an apprenticeship at a shipowners, joined the navy in 1755.
Taken from Beaglehole's definitive four volume edition, this abridged version of Captain Cook's journals is edited by Professor of English Literature at Trinity College at Dublin, Philip Edwards. Accounts based on Cook's journals appeared at the time of his voyages, but it wasn't until this century that J C Beaglehole produced his definitive version of the originals. Here, however, we have the story of the great man's travels in the Pacific from the horse's mouth or rather, as he intended - a self-proclaimed 'plain man', any style points lost are more than made up for in determination and pioneering spirit. This edition features maps and an assessment of the controversy surrounding his death in the Hawaiian Islands. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.406
Edition Number: 1