Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington Rare Books says: “This exceptional collection provides a comprehensive survey of the written accounts and images which introduced the Pacific to Europe. The tales of discovery, fascinating maps and charts and incredible illustrations are well worth seeing and we hope as many people as possible will visit the exhibition this August.”
Catalogue Highlights include:
• The only recorded “presentation copy” of Cook’s fatal Third Voyage, presented to Captain William Christopher of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1784). £37,500;
• One of only 50 large-paper copies, of an impressive hand colored plate book by ship’s artist Louis Choris from a voyage in the South Seas (1826). £25,000;
• The first American account of Cook’s Third Voyage, and the first American book to describe Hawaii, by the self-styled “mad, romantic, dreaming” John Ledyard (1783). £17,500;
• A fellow officer’s copy of Bligh’s personal account of the famous mutiny on the Bounty (1790). £9,500;
• Sydney Parkinson’s Journal of the Voyage to the South Seas, containing the first published use of the word “kangaroo” (1784). £22,500.