Auction 121, Lot 421

"A View of the Whale-Fishery, and the manner of Killing Bears near the Coast of Greenland", Bankes, Thomas

Subject: Arctic Ocean, Greenland

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Banke's New System of Geography

Color: Hand Color

10.25 x 6.1 inches
26 x 15.5 cm

Nicely rendered copperplate engraving showing several ships and about a dozen longboats with men harpooning whales. Icebergs float in the sea. On the shore, a small group of hunters are attacking a Polar Bear. Others are shooting at bears from a boat.


Condition: B

Some light occasional foxing and stain at extreme edge of paper. Lower margin trimmed unevenly.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/26/2007