Sea of Dangers : Captain Cook and His Rivals
Viking, 2008. First edition, first printing. A fine unmarked copy in a very good d/w that is slightly bumped along the edges.
In 1769, two ships set out in search of a missing continent: a French merchant ship and a small British naval vessel The Endeavour, commanded by James Cook. That Christmas, in New Zealand waters, the two captains were almost within sight of each other, though neither knew of the other's existence.