Webber, John (illustrations after).
London. William Bent. 1784.
Half-leather bound volume 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 336 pp. plus Supplement (pp. 337-383) and 4 pp. index. Engraved bookplate by I.C. Berndt. Leather spine perished; abrasions to corners and boards; boards loose but holding; title page and first page of July number detached; sheets are uniformly time toned (wove paper). Volume contains 15 engraved plates, including 7 relating to Cook's Voyages, plus a folding map, "Chart of the N.W. Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia," 10 1/2 x 18 inches. The map has overall toning, minor separations at fold intersections and a 1 inch tear entering image at left margin. Musty aroma to the volume. The Universal Magazine published in serial form the account of Captain Cook's voyage to the Northern Hemisphere. A note in the July number states the account continues from the June Supplement. The narrative in the present volume continues through the death of Cook. Of particular note is the "Chart of the N.W. Coast of America, and N.E. Coast of Asia. Explored by Capt. Cook and Capt. Clerke, in the Years 1778 & 1779." The map is a smaller, uncolored and abbreviated version (50 degrees north and above) of the map published by William Faden in 1784, showing the detailed mapping of what was to become the American state of Alaska. Plates relating to the voyage are King and Woman of the Friendly Islands; Two Women of Otaheite; a Morai in Atooi; Man and Woman of Nootka Sound; Man and Woman of Prince Williams Sound; Man and Woman of Oonalashka; and a portrait of Cook. All but the portrait of Cook and the Morai plate are double images. The volume also includes a portrait of "Dr. (Samuel) Johnson" in recognition of "Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Late Dr. Samuel Johnson." Of further interest is an illustrated account of the first manned balloon flight in England, "Mr. Lunardi's Aerial Voyage" (an "inflammable air balloon" fitted with oars) from London to Hertfordshire, on which Lunardi had for companions "a dog, a cat, and two pigeons." The volume contains much of interest with content pertaining to literature, exploration, and a landmark in the history of flight. The volume would merit rehabilitation. Item #48781
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