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The Last Voyage of Captain Cook

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The colorful writing of John Ledyardラpossibly the greatest and least-known explorer of the eighteenth centuryラis collected for the first time in this volume, featuring firsthand accounts of the murder of Captain Cook and one of the earliest crossings of Siberia.

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Paperback, 304 pages, March 2005.

In his short life, John Ledyard saw more of the world than any other person of the eighteenth century. He sailed the seven seas and set foot on six continents. He sailed with Captain Cook, ran a fur-trading company with John Paul Jones, and crossed Russian Siberia when it was still a vast expanse of white marked "unknown" on a map. With his capacious intellect, boundless imagination, and sparkling, incisive prose, he made the traveling life seem glamorous. His tales of adventure captivated contemporaries like Thomas Jefferson and earned him the nickname "the American Marco Polo."

Featuring an introduction by his biographer, James Zug, this collection includes the journals from his voyage with Cook, his eye-witness account of Cook's murder on a Hawaiian beach (the only known account that blames Cook's death not on the Hawaiians but on Cook himself), dispatches from Siberia and the Barbary Coast, and letters from nearly every point on the globe. The never-before-collected writings of this legendary explorer are the only edition of his writings in print and a perfect addition to the National Geographic Adventure Classics library.

Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 9

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