Oct 27, 2020 - Sale 2549

Sale 2549 - Lot 205

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Ledyard, John (1751-1789)
A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, and in Quest of a North-West Passage, between Asia & America.

Hartford, CT: Printed and to be sold by Nathaniel Patten, 1783.

First edition, octavo, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4; lacking the map, as is often the case, bound in full contemporary sheepskin with original label, seemingly unsophisticated, no flyleaves; some spotting and toning to contents; early signatures of E.M. Wade and James S. Wade inside front board, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.

Howes L181; Streeter 3477; Evans 17998; Sabin 39691; Wickersham 6556; Lada-Mocarski 36; Forbes 52.

This account, as reported by Ledyard, who accompanied Cook on his final voyage, is the first book on Hawaii printed in America, and the first American book protected by copyright.