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Death of Captain Cook

and other writings by David Samwell

No aspect of the voyages of Captain Cook have been more controversial than Cook’s death. This book reprints one of the classic accounts of this episode, the vivid and lively narrative by one of the voyage surgeons, David Samwell. Introductory essays contextualize Samwell’s contribution within this period of Pacific maritime history.

180 pages | 6 halftones | 8 2/5 x 5 2/5 | © 2007

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations




1. David Samwell: an eventful career

Martin Fitzpatrick


2. David Samwell on his hobby horse

Martin Fitzpatrick


3. David Samwell: Pacific ethnographer and historian

Nicholas Thomas


Notes on the texts

A Narrative of the Death of Captain James Cook


The correspondence of David Samwell

The poetry of David Samwell

Glossary of Hawaiian names

Select bibliography


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