National Library of Australia, 2008. 194 pages, Octavo, paperback, colour illustrations.
Following the route of the Endeavour, the story behind the journal includes: life on board, description of the ship, the reasons for the voyage, observations of flora and fauna at various landfalls, portraits of the men accompanying Cook (Banks, Parkinson etc), food on board and the prevention of scurvy, Cook as leader of men, encounters with indigenous peoples. Each chapter displays a facsimile of a journal page, a transcript and text describing the story behind the incidents written about in the journal. Illustrated with contemporary paintings, maps and botanical drawings.
Cook’s Endeavour Journal: The Inside Story brings to life the record of one of the world’s most famous expeditions, the circumnavigation of the globe by Lieutenant James Cook aboard HMB Endeavour. It is a timeless story of courageous exploration—the charting of New Zealand and Australia’s eastern seaboard—and of high adventure: a stand-off with a hostile Brazilian army and a near-shipwreck that almost brought the voyage to a premature end. The voyage of the Endeavour helped make sense of the eighteenth-century world. Cook’s Endeavour Journal: The Inside Story, told in Cook’s own words and in historical detail, will help you understand how.