Captain Cook's world : maps of the life and voyages of James Cook R.N. /
maps and text by John Robson.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000.
212 p. : chielfy col. maps ; 22 x 31 cm.
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2000.
general note
"A Random House book" -- T.p. verso.
catalogue key
"Gazetteer": p. [197]-211.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 212).
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-02-01:
The three voyages of Captain James Cook in 1768-71, 1772-75, and 1776-80 ranged over vast areas of the Pacific Ocean and Arctic and Antarctic waters, making valuable scientific observations and definitively proving that the great southern continent of Terra Incognita Australis did not exist. The many biographies of Cook all share the same problem--a lack of detailed maps. This title contains 128 maps specially drawn to illuminate Cook's career, and are divided into four sections: early life, first voyage, second voyage, and third voyage. A narrative commentary precedes each section of maps and cumulatively provides a short biography of Cook. The volume concludes with a gazetteer of places listed on the maps and a brief bibliography. In some cases the maps included are so detailed that it is difficult to place an individual map into its larger geographical context. A number of maps present innovative cartographic perspectives, but they could have been supplemented by more traditional representations. A wonderful addition to any collection on the history of explorations, this volume complements standard biographies of J.C. Beaglehole (The Life of Captain James Cook, CH, Sep'74) or Richard Hough (Captain James Cook, 1995). R. Fritze; Lamar University
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