(COOK, Captain James). ~ Le Cook de la jeunesse. Avignon: Chez Et. Chaillot, 1808.
12mo (130 × 75 mm), pp. 176, ; 177, , plus 5 folding engraved plates. Small (later) paper shelf label to title. Contemporary sheep, gilt panelled spine. Contemporary school prize label (to Emile Le Noir at the Collége de Fougères). Very slight chipping to head of spine. A very good copy.
An illustrated volume of the collected voyages of Cook published for children, based on Jean-Pierre Bérenger’s late eighteenth-century accounts. There were at least three editions from between 1804 and 1819 (Avignon and Paris), all rare. Some contain three plates, others (as here) five. The plates in this copy depict: a walrus hunt, encounter with Patagonians, a Tahitian cemetery, a Maori war canoe, and anOonalaska landscape. Muir, Australian Children’s Books 668. Worldcat lists a total of 5 copies across the three editions, all in the Antipodes. COPAC adds no UK copies.