On April 28 1770, the Endeavour dropped anchor in a pleasant bay, 'tollerably well sheltered from all winds', on the east coast of Australia. Two Aborigines in white warpaint hurled spears at the first landing parties until one was shot and wounded. Banks mistook the boomerangs carried by other natives for 'scmitars' - it was to provide the first of many surprises.
The son of a farm labourer, James Cook lacked every worldly requisite of a successful naval career in the eighteenth century. His rise to eminence owed all to merit. In one decade, he opened up the Pacific, discovery and charting hitherto unknown land and seas with masterly flair and judgement.
The journal of botanist Joseph Banks, who travelled aboard the HMS Endeavour on Captain Cook's first voyage to the South Pacific.
2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to spines. With the dust jackets. Coloured frontispiece to each and 14 other similar plates. 80 black and white plates, 8 sketch-maps to the text, all but 2 full-page, folding track-chart.
Originally published in 1986 by Genesis Publications and Hedley Australia. In a once only printing of 2000 copies worldwide, these are the final copies available, new and mint. Each large book is superbly printed on high quality art paper and produced in a decorative green cloth-case, with a full colour painting blind-blocked into the front and gilt lettering on front, back and spine.