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Auction 147, Lot 213

"A Representation of a Morai, or Burial Place at Owhyhee [on sheet with] A View in Owhyhee, with One of the Priest's Houses", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Hawaii

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: Bankes's New System of Geography

Color: Black & White

6.9 x 11.3 inches
17.5 x 28.7 cm
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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.

Two views depicting Hawaiian culture as witnessed by Cook and his expedition. The illustration at top shows a sacred burial area surrounded by idols and skulls on stakes. At bottom there is a peaceful village scene.


Condition: A

Minor soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/20/2013