Excessively rare contemporary eulogy of Captain Cook of which ESTC lists 6 copies only, none in the USA. As news of Captain Cook’s death started to spread, a handful of eulogies were published in 1780. All are of considerable rarity. Fitzgerald praises Cook and attacks the Hawai’ians : ‘Sons of the savage race, which roamed these pathless plains, your father’s cruelty forever mourn; your guiltless name it stains …’.
First edition. 4to, 16 pp., attractively rebound in red half-morocco gilt, marbled boards, all leaves hinged, original stab marks visible, short slit to title and following 2 leaves, Signature B1 with brown ink stamp of Mercantile Library (illegible), B2 with small (7 x 0.5 cm) strip at head renewed with page numbers in expert facsimile, generally a very attractive example of a rare publication.[Beddie, 3813-4 (one copy with later added portrait, not called for); Holmes, 37.]
Mercantile Library (old stamp).