Auction 149, Lot 698

"[Lot of 3] View of the Fleet of Otaheite [on sheet with] View of the Island of Otaheite [and] Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing [on sheet with] Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite... [and] A View of the New Discover'd Island of Ulietea...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Tahiti, Raiatea

Period: 1785-93 (circa)

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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. View of the Fleet of Otaheite [on sheet with] View of the Island of Otaheite, circa 1793 (7.0 x 11.5"). Two fascinating views of Tahiti on the same sheet. At top, an impressive cluster of war canoes and other craft fill the water in an illustration of the review of the Tahitian fleet that Captain Cook witnessed in 1774. The second image is a view of the mountainous shore from the water, with boats sailing in the foreground. Engraved by Grainger. Condition: On watermarked paper with some faint spots mostly in the blank margins. (A)

B. Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing [on sheet with] Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Bringing a Present, from Bankes's New System of Geography, circa 1785 (12.7 x 8.6"). Another set of Tahitian views, these focused on the dress of native women. On the left, a woman in sophisticated formal dress and hat sways in front of a nature scene. The illustration on the right shows a woman in a massive, barrel-like skirt. Engraved by C. Warren. Condition: Minor soiling. A chip in the top left corner has been replaced with old paper, well away from image. (B+)

C. A View of the New Discover'd Island of Ulietea, with Some of Its Inhabitants, a Double Canoe, and Other Small Craft..., from Bankes's New System of Geography, circa 1785 (10.9 x 7.0"). This copper engravings depicts a scene of life on Raiatea, the French Polynesian island visited by Cook on all three of his voyages. It shows the bustling activity of natives on the beach, a double canoe and other craft out on the water, and another double canoe sheltered on shore. Condition: On watermarked paper. (A)

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Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $110

Closed on 5/21/2014

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