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1. The North Sea; 2. The Navy; 3. The master; 4. Newfoundland; 5. Scientific background; 6. Preparations; 7. Passage to Tahiti; 8. Tahiti; 9. New Zealand; 10. New South Wales; 11. Batavia to England; 12. England 1771-1772; 13. England to New Zealand; 14. The first island sweep; 15. The Antarctic again; 16. The second island sweep; 17. From New Zealand to England; 18. England 1775-1776; 19. A third voyage; 20. England to New Zealand again; 21. New Zealand to Tonga; 22. Last days at Tahiti; 23. To New Albion; 24. The North-West Coast; 25. Kealakekua Bay; 26. End of a voyage; 27. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.
John Cawte Beaglehole was born in Wellington and attended Victoria University College to which, after graduate work in London and a period of short-lived jobs and unemployment in the 1930s, he was to return as lecturer in history, senior research fellow and finally Professor of British Commonwealth History. Among his publications are The Exploration of the Pacific, The Discovery of New Zealand, and Victoria University College: An Essay Toward a History.
'Definitive is a word to use sparingly, but it applies to this life of Cook ... The book abounds in fresh insights and fascinating information.' The American Historical Review