Captain Cook - Pacific

ENDEAVOUR: The Story of Captain Cook’s First Great Epic Voyage

Peter Aughton

 

ENDEAVOUR

The Story of Captain Cook’s First Great Epic Voyage

A small photograph showing the condition and general appearance of dust wrapper front of "ENDEAVOUR" by Peter Aughton

Peter Aughton in his beautifully illustrated book gives a vivid account of the Endeavour and its epic journey into the unknown between 1768 and 1771 allegedly to observe the transit of Venus but in fact to discover Terra Australis.

1st. published in the UK 2000

by Cassell & Co. in association with The Windrush Press

ISBN: 0 304 362360

Hard-cover

Book Condition:

Brown cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in at least NEAR FINE condition - no marks or inscriptions. The un-price-clipped dust wrapper with only the lightest of shelf wear is in NEAR FINE condition.

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Book Details:

Price £12.00 plus postage. (UK included in price)

255 pages.

200 mm x 252 mm x 25 mm.

Weight unwrapped 1071 grm. - weight wrapped for postage <1250 grm.

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ENDEAVOUR
The Story of Captain Cook’s First Great Epic Voyage

by Peter Aughton

A small photograph of Peter Aughton's "ENDEAVOUR" showing the condition and general appearance.

This beautifully illustrated book gives a vivid account on board the Endeavour and its epic journey into the unknown between 1768 and 1771. The true purpose of this journey was to discover Terra Australis. However, the British Government, who wished to keep this secret from other nations, claimed it was merely a scientific expedition to observe the transit of the planet Venus across the sun.
Not only did the voyage result in the mapping of New Zealand, the east coast off Australia and the observation of the transit of Venus, but there was a wealth of other astronomical, navigational, botanical and anthropological discoveries.

Peter Aughton’s clearly written narrative captures the sense of adventure when sailing uncharted seas. While the wonder of the new never ceases, the three year expedition is not without its tragedies and the Endeavour only escapes complete destruction as it strikes the Great Barrier Reef.

This small photograph shows "ENDEAVOUR" open at a typical page. Pages are all art quality paper.
The sailors are shown in all their strength as they navigate dangerous seas and combat life-threatening diseases. Aughton brings to life the many personalities on board the Endeavour, from the cool, contained Captain Cook and the dapper botanist Joseph Banks to the roughest crew members, press-ganged into service. He also describes the indigenous people encountered along the way, such as the light-fingered Tahitians, ferocious Maoris and the suspicious Aborigines. Beautifully illustrated with maps, drawings and etchings by the ship’s artist, Sidney Parkinson, as well as other members of the crew including Cook himself, Endeavour is the riveting story of an expedition that is unrivalled in scientific and artistic discovery.

 

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Background adapted from the dust wrapper of 'The Islanders - The Pacific in the Age of Empires' by Nicholas Thomas