Auction 156, Lot 244

"[Lot of 3] The Large White Bear Found on the Ice, as Also on the Shores of the North West Coast of America [and] Une Femme de l'Entree du Prince Guillaume [and] Une Femme de Oonalashka", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Alaska

Period: 1785-1801 (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.

This lot of three engravings are based on Captain Cook's explorations in Alaska during his third and final voyage. The first print is based on a larger engraving from Cook's voyages and shows a grinning polar bear. Engraved by Grainger. The latter two prints depict native women from Prince William Sound and Unalaska Island, respectively, with their unique hairstyles and piercings. Both of these prints were engraved by Benard.

A. The Large White Bear Found on the Ice, as Also on the Shores of the North West Coast of America, by George Alexander Cooke, from Modern & Authentic System of Universal Geography, circa 1801 (6.9 x 5.0").
B. Une Femme de l'Entree du Prince Guillaume, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (6.7 x 8.8").
C. Une Femme de Oonalashka, Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (6.8 x 8.9").

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Condition: A

All are nice impressions, and the first and third are on watermarked sheets. There are a couple minor spots in the last image as well as marginal foxing.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/17/2016

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