Auction 122, Lot 814

"[Lot of 4] Woman of Sta. Christina. [and] Woman of the Island of Tanna [and] Man of the Island of Mallicolo [and] O-Hedidee", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: South Pacific

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage towards the South Pole, and round the World…

Color: Black & White

Size:
7.5 x 9.5 inches
19.1 x 24.1 cm

The copper engravings from A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… Edited by George William Anderson and published by Alexander Hogg in London, 1784-86. Cook's discoveries in the Pacific formulate the final chapter in 18th Century exploration. These engravings provide a delightful view of the discoveries, people and customs of the Pacific region.

A group of beautiful copper engravings of natives drawn during Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific. These early examples were printed in 1777 by W. Strahan, London. Each was drawn from Nature by William Hodges, the official artist on Cook's second voyage of 1772-1775. The lot includes:

1) Woman of Sta. Christina is a graceful illustration of woman from Tahuata Island, located in the Marquesas. Engraved by J. Hall.
2) Woman of the Island of Tanna is a striking engraving of a mother and child of the island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago. Engraved by J. Hall.
3) Man of the Island of Mallicolo shows a native man of the island of Malakula , in the Vanuatu islands. Engraved by J. Caldwell.
4) O-Hedidee is an illustration of a young man of Raiatea, one of the islands in Tahiti. Engraved by J. Caldwell.

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Condition: A

All have velvety impressions with the ink laying on the surface. Each have margins trimmed to an inch or so outside the image and text and posted at the corners onto larger (12" x 16") sheets of 19th century paper for binding. The former is trimmed to the neatline, and it has a minor spot or two.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/5/2007

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