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

Size:
6.9 x 11.3 inches
17.5 x 28.7 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.

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.

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Condition: A

Minor soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/20/2013

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