London, W. and A. Strahan, 1784 [first edition].
Quarto, three volumes, collating complete with the 18 engraved maps (9 folding), 6 folding engraved plates of views, a folding table and an advertising leaf at the rear of the third volume.
Contemporary full tree calf, spine gilt-decorated with contrasting labels; leather on the hinges and some corners renewed at an early stage, with some wear now to the extremities; inner hinges reinforced; a few old (ink?) splashes to the leading edges; endpapers and adjacent leaves a little discoloured around the edges by the turned-over leather; charts and adjacent leaves a little foxed or offset, with occasional foxing to a few isolated sections; small blank bottom corner pieces missing from two leaves; trifling signs of use and age; a very good set.
The large folio atlas is not present with this set of the official account of Cook's third and final voyage. The first two volumes were written by James Cook, the third volume by James King. With the armorial bookplate of John Dixon in each volume.