Auction 148, Lot 759

"[Lot of 2] Le Capitaine Wallis est Attaque dans le Dauphin par les Otahitiens [and] Vue de la Baye de Matavai a Otahiti Appellee Havre du Port-Royal par le Capitaine Wallis", Cook/Benard

Subject: Tahiti

Period: 1774 (circa)

Publication: Histoire des Voyages

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. Le Capitaine Wallis est Attaque dans le Dauphin par les Otahitiens, (12.6 x 8.3"). This exciting view depicts Captain Samuel Wallis and his ship, the Dolphin, arriving in Tahiti. The Dolphin is firing to intimidate natives who were approaching the vessel and throwing stones. Wallis discovered Tahiti and provided Cook with information and some of the Dolphin's crew that proved helpful on Cook's own voyages. Condition: There are a few small faint spots and a pair of miniscule worm holes around the centerfold that are only visible when held up to light.

B. Vue de la Baye de Matavai a Otahiti Appellee Havre du Port-Royal par le Capitaine Wallis, (6.7 x 8.7"). Another view of Tahiti, this time presenting a peaceful landscape of Matavai Bay. There are natives performing various tasks on top of a hill, with the Dolphin, a trio of smaller boats, and a village visible in the background. Condition: A dark impression with a single tiny abrasion.

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Condition: A

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Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/19/2014

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