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Captain Cook’s voyage

Captain Cook’s voyage

The suite of engravings illustrating ‘A voyage towards the South Pole and round the world’ as first published in 1777 includes portraits, charts and pictures of artefacts and plants in addition to landscapes, as here, and depictions of incident. It captures a momentous encounter of very different cultures. The Library has been fortunate enough to acquire the first edition of this work from a former Vice-Chancellor, Thomas Loveday (from whose rich family library this and many other titles in the Special Collections originate) and the second edition, also of 1777, from Dr. Ian Yorke Ashwell, as part of his magnificent donation of historic works concerning the Antarctic.