"Quadrupede Nomme Kanguroo, Trouve sur la Cote de la Nle. Hollande", Cook, James (Capt.)
Subject: Australia, Prints
Period: 1774 (circa)
Publication: Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique
Color: Black & White
6.3 x 8.3 inches
16 x 21.1 cm
Attractive sketch of a native Australian Kangaroo, engraved from an oil painting by George Stubbs, a famous 18th century artist working in London. Stubbs modeled his painting after a skin brought back to England by Joseph Banks, who accompanied Capt. James Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific in 1768-1771. Engraved by Francois Godefroi. This engraving was first published in the English edition of Account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere by John Hawkesworth in 1773, which was republished in French the following year.
There are a few light spots and an archivally repaired tear that just passes neatline in bottom left corner.