Auction 148, Lot 760

"[Lot of 2] Vue de Huaheine [and] View of the Causeway or Landing Place &c. Near Pelew the Capital of the Pelew Islands", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Huahine, Palau

Period: 1774-93 (circa)


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. Vue de Huaheine, from Atlas du Troisieme Voyage de Cook, circa 1785 (18.3 x 9.1"). Well rendered view of the harbor of Huahine with numerous native canoes and two sailing ships. Huahine is one of the Society Islands and lies northwest of Tahiti. Cook had visited this island on earlier voyages, first stopping in 1769. The Society Islands were great favorites with Cooks' crew. Finely detailed with some of the trees and shelters reflected in the water. Engraved by Robert Benard. Condition: Issued folding on watermarked paper with slight wear along the folds and faint soiling in the blank margins.

B. View of the Causeway or Landing Place &c. Near Pelew the Capital of the Pelew Islands, dated 1793 (8.1 x 6.9"). Another serene view, this one of the Micronesian island of Palau. Boats, huts, and exotic vegetation are visible. A note beneath the image reads, "Drawn on the Spot, by an Officer of the Antelope Packet." The Antelope was a packet ship with the British East India Company. Engraved by Wilkes, and published by Alexander Hogg. Condition: A dark impression with touch of marginal soiling.


Condition: A

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Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/19/2014