From South America to Australia, from the ice islands of the South Pacific to the fog-bound Bering Strait, lay thousands of miles of islands, atolls, and ocean that Cook had charted."" This sentence, taken from close to the end of this readable, superbly illustrated book, was intended to describe the achievements of Britain's 18th century explorer. However, it can be used to describe the extent of the book's coverage. In addition to his explorations, the political, trade and scientific turmoil of ascendant England is described as a motivating force in Cook's ventures. As is usual, with this series, the selection of the illustrations from chart, print and museum collections shows the work of a master hand.