First edition, first printing. Publisher's original navy blue cloth with titles in gilt to the spine, in dustwrapper. Blue top-stain. Illustrated with 11 black and white plates and 10 maps (one folding). Awarded as a prize by Queen Mary to a pupil at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, upon their leaving for university, as stated on prize bookplate and in accompanying loosely laid in typed letter. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little bumping to the corners and spine ends. The contents with a prize bookplate to the front pastedown and a minor crease to the front free endpaper are otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the very good price-clipped dustwrapper which has a few minor marks, some toning to the spine and a little shelf-wear to the extremities.
A comprehensive account of Cook's life, drawing closely upon original documentary sources, as well as the author's own knowledge of the places and peoples Cook encountered. The present copy was personally chosen by Queen Mary (wife of George VI) as a gift to be presented to a leaver from a school of which she was patron, as the accompanying letter states: "Queen Mary says she is so sorry the book didn't come through earlier as she was ill and likes to choose the volumes herself".
Stock code: 19576