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Captain Cook's world : maps of the life and voyages of James Cook R.N.
Robson, John, 1949-
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2000]

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212 pages : chiefly color maps ; 22 x 31 cm
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G420.C65 R63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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"Captain Cook's World is an atlas, chronology and biography of the life and voyages of this celebrated explorer. A set of 128 specially drawn maps and accompanying text give an overview of Cook's life, including his early years in England, his time in the North Sea coal trade and with the Royal Navy in Canada, and his three great voyages around the world in HMB Endeavour and HMS Resolution." "Included on the maps are locations visited, named or surveyed by Cook, the routes of his voyages, and sites that have been marked in his honour." "Based on meticulous scholarship but aimed at a general audience, Captain Cook's World is a fascinating and accessible record of Cook's life and travels."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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