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Auction 123, Lot 148

"[Lot of 3 Views]", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Alaska & Western Canada

Period: 1795 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14 x 8.5 inches
35.6 x 21.6 cm

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) is best known for his three voyages to the Pacific (1768-71; 1772-75; and 1776-79). His discoveries radically changed the western understanding of the world in the late 18th century. He was the first to circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and provided the earliest European accounts of exploration along the eastern coast of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. On February 14th, 1779, he was killed on Hawaii after attempting to kidnap the chief of the island.

Many contemporary accounts of Cook’s voyages, including charts and engravings, appeared in the late 18th century. The first official account of Cook’s first voyage was published in 1773 by John Hawkesworth in Volumes II and III of An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere... William Strahan and Thomas Cadell published the first official accounts of the second and third voyages in 1777 and 1784. Accounts of his exploration were subsequently translated into French, German, and Dutch.

A nice group of three engravings from a Dutch version of Cook's account of his voyages in the Pacific, engraved by J. S. Klauber.

1) Gezigt van de Wooningen van de Inboorlingen in Nootka Kanaal shows an Eskimo fishing village in Nootka.
2) Inwooners van Norton-Kanaal en Hunne Wooningen shows an Eskimo family, their home and kayak, located on Norton Sound.
3) Binnenste van een Huis van Oonalashka shows an interior of a native home on the Aleutian island of Unalaska.


Condition: A

All with dark impressions on sound paper. 3 with 1/4" trim on left binding side and folds as issued.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/20/2008