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  • Title
    James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/71
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    27 May 1768-23 Oct. 1770
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    449197
  • Issue Copy
    Microfilm : MAV/FM4/1757, frames 1-324 (Safe 1/71).
    Photocopy : xerox copy made from microfilm.
    Copy print : B 1352 - B 1353 (a photographic print copy of the original at Safe 1/71).
  • Physical Description
    0.05 metres of textual material (1 volume) - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Lieutenant James Cook was commissioned to command the bark Endeavour on 25 May 1768. He took charge on 27 May when his journal commences. The ship left England on 26 August 1768, and, sailing via Cape Horn, arrived at Matavai Bay, Tahiti, on 13 April 1769. After observations were made of the transit of Venus, the ship left Tahiti on 13 July 1769. Cook explored the islands near Tahiti then sailed south and west, arriving at the east coast of New Zealand where he anchored in a bay which he named Poverty Bay. Cook circumnavigated New Zealand then sailed north west to land at Botany Bay on the east coast of New Holland. While continuing its voyage up the coast the Endeavour struck the Great Barrier Reef on 11 June 1770. Basic repairs were made, and the ship sailed on to Batavia for repairs and supplies. The Endeavour arrived back in England on 13 July 1771.
  • Scope and Content
    Manuscript written in the hand of Richard Orton, Cook's clerk, signed in full 'James Cook'. This appears to be the copy of his journal sent by Cook to the Admiralty from Batavia. The manuscript is divided into four books, with engraved charts of the voyage bound at the end of the journal. The journal starts on 27 May 1768, not 25 May as stated on the title page.

    In the Fourth Book, Cook added "a small Vocabulary of a few words in the New Holland Language which we learnt when in Endeavour River", August 1770 (2 pages).
  • Language
  • Source
    Transferred from the Australian Museum in 1935. After it was sent to the Admiralty, the journal was appropriated by Sir Philip Stephens, Secretary to the Admiralty. It seems to have come into the possession of Lord Ranelagh whose son sold it in 1885 to F.W. Cosens of Lewes. In 1890 Cosens sold it to John Corner. In 1895 F.H. Dangar bought it from Corner's executors for presentation to the Australian Museum. In 1935, with other Cook manuscripts, it was transferred to the Mitchell Library.
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    This copy of Cook's journal is known as the 'Corner Journal' after John Corner who bought it in 1890.
    A discussion of this copy of the journal can be found in J.C. Beaglehole, The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery, vol.1, Cambridge, Hakluyt Society, 1955, ccxviii-ccxxi.
    When held at the Australian Museum this volume was numbered H427.
    Item 578 in 'Bibliography of Captain James Cook' edited by M.K. Beddie, 2nd ed 1970.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 900671
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