Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica: Hamilton, James C.
Click for larger image.

Item #27895
Price: $42.95

view cart

Phone orders: 802-482-7287

100% Customer
Satisfaction Guarantee

Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica

Author(s): Hamilton, James C.

Copyright: 2020, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 303, 31 color & 1 bw photos, 17 tables, 12 bw maps, appendices, black cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

Two hundred and fifty years ago Captain James Cook (1728-1779), during his extraordinary voyages of navigation and maritime exploration, searched for Antarctica – the Unknown Southern Continent. During parts of his three voyages in the southern Pacific and Southern Oceans, Cook ‘narrowed the options’ for the location of Antarctica. Over three summers, he completed a circumnavigation of portions of the Southern Continent, encountering impenetrable barriers of ice, and he suggested the continent existed, a frozen land not populated by a living soul. Yet his Antarctic voyages are perhaps the least studied of all his remarkable travels. That is why Hamilton’s gripping and scholarly study, which brings together the stories of Cook’s Antarctic journeys into a single volume, is such an original and timely addition to the literature on Cook and eighteenth-century exploration.

Using Cook's journals and the log books of officers who sailed with him, the book sets his Antarctic explorations within the context of his historic voyages. The main focus is on the Second Voyage (1772-1775), but brief episodes in the First Voyage (during 1769) and the Third Voyage (1776) are part of the story. Throughout the narrative Cook’s exceptional seamanship and navigational skills, and that of his crew, are displayed during often-difficult passages in foul weather across uncharted and inhospitable seas.

Cook’s account of his second voyage was titled ‘A Voyage towards the South Pole and round the World: Performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775’ (1777).

Home | Advanced Search | How to Order | Catalogues | Request a Newsletter | Links | About Us | FAQ | Contact Us

Copyright © 2024 Top of the World Books