Cook led three famous expeditions to the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. In voyages that ranged from the Antarctic circle to the Arctic Sea, Cook charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history of the Pacific.
Accounts based on Cook's journals were issued at the time, but it was not until this century that the original journals were published in Beaglehole's definitive edition. The journals tells the story of these voyages as Cook wanted it to be told, radiating the ambition, courage and skill which enabled him to carry out an unrivalled series of expeditions in dangerous waters.
About the Author
Originally a musician and songwriter, James Cook released two albums with his band Flamingoes: the critically acclaimed Plastic Jewels in 1995 and Street Noise Invades the House in 2007. Present from the start of the Britpop boom, Flamingoes toured the UK and Europe extensively, selling 20,000 records worldwide.
In 2009, one of James’s short stories was featured in the collection Vagabond Holes alongside work by Nick Cave and Man Booker-winner D. B.C. Pierre. James has written about music for the Guardian and Litro magazine among others. He lives in London.
"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."
Series: Penguin Classics
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.406
Edition Number: 1