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This is an auction for THE EXPLORATION OF THE PACIFIC by J C Beaglehole.

"The aim of this book is to give an account of European exploration of the Pacific from Magellan to Cook - that is, of the long search for the imagined continent Terra Australia incognita and the discovery of the main island groups of the ocean. It makes no pretence at describing the exploration of the continental shores of the Pacific and the reference, to the work of Cook and Vancouver on the North American coast is of the slightest. Nor can it do what any final book on the subject can do, and discuss the story from the native standpoint as well as the European. The perfect Pacific historian should be in large measure ethnologist as well; for many things hard to explain in the contact of races are not understood from European sources only..."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Cawte Beaglehole was a writer, historical advisor, educator, and researcher. He was born in 1901 in Palmerston ?North, New Zealand. He graduated from Victoria University as a history major and earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics. In 1936, he became a lecturer in history at Victoria University; in 1948 he was made senior research fellow in colonial history, and in 1963 he was made professor. An expert on Captain James Cook and the exploration of the Pacific, Beaglehole wrote a biography of the explorer and edited many of Cook's journals. In addition, he assisted in identifying and marking Cook's landing sites in New Zealand and served for 16 years as a member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Beaglehole died on October 10, 1971.

Paperback 1966.

346 pages + maps.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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