London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), 1968. Folio. First edition. Original navy buckram, gilt. Silk marker ribbons. Thirty-six plates illustrating forty fishes. Jacket is a little rumpled along the top edge and has a few spots and marks. Fine in near fine dust-wrapper. Item #5038
'Whereas a certain amount has been written on the birds and plants from the Cook voyages, the fishes have received rather little attention [...] Forty drawings and sketches are reproduced here (all but three for the first time) and because the specimens often cannot be traced, the drawings now have an importance far beyond their artistic merit.' Published to mark the bicentenary of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific.