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James Cook was the greatest explorer of his age. Between 1768 and his death on Hawaii in 1779 he made three great Pacific voyages that had the same effect on his generation's view of the world as space exploration has had on ours. Born in 1723, son of a Yorkshire farm-worker, he rose from apprentice in the East Coast coal trade to be a skilled marine surveyor, Royal Naval captain and Fellow of the Royal Society.
Voyaging over then unknown seas from the Antarctic to Alaska, he discovered the east coast of New Zealand and Australia, most of the islands of the central Pacific and charted all he found with extraordinary accuracy and completeness. His voyages were also unprecedented for the health and well-being he maintained among his men.
The National Maritime Museum holds one of the world's great Cook collections and this account of his voyages, including their scientific and artistic aspects, draws on them to tell the story of man of whom it has been said, 'his competence changed the face of the world'.
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Captain Cook is generally acknowledged as the first great European scientific explorer. Despite his ordinary roots, he had risen through the ranks to become a remarkable officer. Hisexploration of the South Pacific resulted not only in the charting of New Zealand, the east cost of Australia and many Pacific islands, but also in the discovery and description of many plants, societies and animals previously unknown to Europeans. This book, published to accompany theNational Maritime Museum's groundbreaking new exhibition on ocean exploration "Oceans of Discovery", provides and overview of Cook's achievements. With chapters on Cook's great voyages, scientific exploration, ship construction, cannibalism and art, this book is a fascinating and accessible account, featuring many beautiful images from the Museum's own collection.About the Author:
Pieter van der Merwe is the National Maritime Museum's General Editor.
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Book Description National Maritime Museum, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. 0948065435 An informative look at the three great Pacific voyages of one of the world's greatest scientific explorers, with chapters detailing the human implications of Captain James Cook's 'discoveries', exploration, ship contruction and art. About the Author: Nigel Rigby is head of research at the National Maritime Museum. 144 pages. Cook, James, 1728-1779--Travel--Pacific Area, Voyages around the world--History--18th century, Explorers--Great Britain--Biography, Oceania--Discovery and exploration. Seller Inventory # 067895
Book Description National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. First Edition. An account of Captain James Cook's three great Pacific voyages, including their scientific and artistic aspects. 144 pages. Colour and b/w illustrations throughout. Every book is sent in a rigid cardboard posting box. Size: 24.5 Cm x 19 Cm. Seller Inventory # 8026
Book Description Natl Maritime Museum, United Kingdom, 2003. Illustrated Card. Condition: New. Greenwich [England] : National Maritime Museum, 2002. 138,  p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), plans, ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm. Full contents ¿1. Captain Cook and the voyage of Endeavour ¿2. Ships in company : the second and third voyages ¿3. 'Not at all a particular ship': adapting vessels for Pacific exploration ¿4. 'Experimental gentlemen': science and empire in the Pacific ¿5. Art and artists on Cook's voyages ¿6. A 'love of human kind': Captain Cook and Pacific peoples ¿Sources and further reading ¿Voyage chronologies . "Captain Cook in the Pacific" appears in the wake of 'Oceans of Discovery', a new gallery at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, which features Cook in a perspective of scientific exploration at sea ."--Verso of title-page. All of our books are in the shop, and are 'real' books. We try to post the same day as the order. Descriptions are conservative. Postage rates may be lower than ABE estimate, please use Ask Bookseller a Question to confirm availability and postage cost, use [Ask Bookseller a Question] option below to confirm availability and get accurate postage quote for this item (the amount quoted is for an 'average' hard-cover book of up to 1kg in weight). Seller Inventory # 018891
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Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0948065435