Auction 144, Lot 229

"[Lot of 3] A Man of Kamtschatka, Travelling in Winter [and] Homme du Kamtchatka [and] Habitations d'Ete et d'Hiver du Kamtchatka", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Northeastern Russia

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

Color: Black & White

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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 handsome lot of three engravings from Kamtschatka, drawn by John Webber, a young artist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his third voyage to the Pacific in 1776-1780. The first depicts a man traveling in a sleigh pulled by huskies, the native Siberian dogs, across a snow covered landscape in winter. The other two show a native man of Kamtschatka and the typical summer and winter dwellings found there. Webber, who was fascinated with the natives and their habitations, took the opportunity to draw them whenever Cook's ships anchored in harbors throughout the Pacific and Pacific Northwest. The maps were published in the official account of Cook's Third Voyage, with the second and third maps appearing in the French edition (Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique…).

A. A Man of Kamtschatka, Travelling in Winter (15.0 x 8.7"). Engraved by S. Middiman. Condition: Watermarked paper with one insignificant surface abrasion. (A)

B. Homme du Kamtchatka (6.7 x 9.0"). Engraved by Bernard. Condition: Watermarked paper with marginal soiling. (A)

C. Habitations d'Ete et d'Hiver du Kamtchatka (14.2 x 9.0"). Engraved by Bernard. Condition: Even toning with a few small spots and an archivally repaired tear at top center that just enters neatline. (B)

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Estimate: $300 - $375

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