CAPTAIN COOK AND THE PACIFIC
Art, Exploration and Empire

JOHN McALEER and NIGEL RIGBY
256pp 220 ILLUS (200 COLOUR) 2017 LIST PRICE: £35.00 HC71

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Captain James Cook’s voyages across and around the Pacific Ocean were a marvel of maritime achievement. The expeditions answered key scientific, economic and geographic questions, and inspired some of the most influential images of the Pacific made by Europeans. This volume draws on collections of London’s National Maritime Museum to illuminate every aspect of the voyages: oil paintings of lush landscapes, scientific and navigational instruments, ship plans, globes, charts and maps, rare books and manuscripts, ethnographic material and personal effects. It invites readers to engage with the extraordinary voyages -- manifested in material culture -- and their continuing significance today.