Books about the exploration of the Pacific and it’s culture, for someone trying to learn more



Was wondering if anyone can recommend (a) book(s) on the exploration of the (south) Pacific islands (Polynesia, Micronesia all the way to Hawai’i … ) — for example the exploration of James Cook or some of the other explorers of the Pacific Islands. Looking for just well executed book(s) with beautiful writing, maps, photos, illustrations …

Something I've found on the topic

Pacific Exploration: Voyages of Discovery from Captain Cook's Endeavour to the Beagle (looks to be exactly what I'm looking for (maybe use it as a reference for recommendations?), but appears to be only available in paperback — looking only at hardcovers)

Captain Cook and the Pacific: Art, Exploration and Empire (another book from the same author, but offers no sample pages, so can't tell if it's what I'm looking for)

Now it doesn't have to be a book about James Cook (the way I understand it, he was a pioneer and maybe the most famous explorer of the area), I'm just not too familiar with the topic/era in general, so don't know anyone else off the top of my head (hence this post — trying to learn more!).

Looking forward to reading book recommendations and maybe even "just" reading posts from someone who knows a lot about/is passionate about this subject. Info and recommendations about anything else about this area and it's history is appreciated.

Source: reddit post


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