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Cook's voyage to the Northwest coast with a related print..



Item # 640306 THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, February, 1785 This magazine--much more scarce than the Gentleman's Magazine--published in serial form the account of: "Captain Cook's Voyage to the Northern Hemisphere...", this issue containing reports from after August, 1778 when he was exploring the far northwest coast of North America in search of a Northwest passage to the Atlantic, extending into what are now called the Aleutian Islands & to the Bering Strait then the Arctic Ocean before having to turn back due to ice.
As noted in "The Content" at the beginning of the front page, topics include: "Return to the Southward--Burney's Island--Cape Serdze Kamen, the limit of Beering's Voyage--Pass the Eastern Cape of Asia--Arrival at Norton Sound--Interviews with the Natives of the Sound..." and so much more (see), with the very detailed text taking 3 1/2 pages.
Of significance is that the rare full page plate is still present, showing: "Inhabitants of Norton Sound, and their Habitations" (see).  Norton Sound is an inlet in the Bering Sea on the west coast of Alaska. The print is in very nice condition with a small mend at the top of the blank reverse.
Another fullpg. plate is also included showing  "Tobias Smollett, M.D." with text on him.
Contains 56 pages. As was typical with the Universal Magazine, it had no full title/contents page but rather an outer wrapper which served that purpose, but the wrappers were typically removed when the issues were bound. The top of the first have has the title and date. We are also including a photocopy of the volume's full title page as further verification of the title & city of publication (see). Measures 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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