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This is an auction for CAPTAIN COOK: A BIOGRAPHY by Richard Hough.

"A prolific author of scholarly and popular works, including The Last Voyage of Captain James Cook, Hough has now authored a highly readable life of the great 18th-century navigator, explorer, and cartographer who "shaped the shores" of the Pacific Ocean. The author's travels in the wake of Cook's voyages and his scrutiny of the scattered archival sources give this work a fresh and lively quality. Hough sustains his opinion that Cook is a bridge between the scientific speculations of his own day and the industrial revolution that followed in the next century. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

"Is James Cook to be best understood as an explorer and scholar or an agent of European imperialism? This comprehensive biography tells Cook's story without taking much of a stand. Even as a junior naval officer, his abilities secured him one key appointment after another on exploration and survey expeditions between 1763 and 1779. Hough emphasizes the importance for military, commercial and scientific purposes of the accurate charts and maps produced by Cook. Anthropological investigations were by-products of Cook's usual primary missions. A mixture of arrogance and innocence led him to ignore signs of increasing friction between British sailors and Pacific islanders. His death by stoning at the hands of Hawaiian warriors on Feb. 14, 1779, heralded the end of the Age of Reconnaissance in the Pacific and the beginning of an age of conquest."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

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Hardback 1994.

398 pages + 16 pages of illustrations.

Very good condition.

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