Auction 156, Lot 655

"[Lot of 4] A Man of Kamtschatka, Travelling in Winter [and] Habitations d'Ete et d'Hiver du Kamtchatka [and] Une Femme du Kamtchatka [and] Homme du Kamtchatka", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Northeastern Russia

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

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 is a handsome lot of four engravings from Kamtschatka, drawn by John Webber, a young artist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his third voyage to the Pacific in 1776-1780. The first depicts a man traveling in a sleigh pulled by huskies, the native Siberian dogs, across a snow covered landscape in winter. It was engraved by S. Middiman. The other three were engraved by Benard and show the typical summer and winter dwellings found in Kamtschatka, a native woman, and a native man. Webber, who was fascinated with the natives and their habitations, took the opportunity to draw them whenever Cook's ships anchored in harbors throughout the Pacific and Pacific Northwest. The maps were published in the official account of Cook's Third Voyage, with the second, third, and fourth engravings appearing in the French edition (Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique…). A. A Man of Kamtschatka, Travelling in Winter, (15.0 x 8.8"). Condition: A fine impression on watermarked paper with one insignificant surface abrasion. (A)
B. Habitations d'Ete et d'Hiver du Kamtchatka, (14.3 x 9.0"). Condition: Even toning with a few small spots and an archivally repaired tear at top center that just enters neatline. (B)
C. Une Femme du Kamtchatka, (6.8 x 8.9"). Condition: A nice impression with a few minor spots in the image and marginal soiling and toning. (A)
D. Homme du Kamtchatka, (6.8 x 8.9"). Condition: Watermarked paper with a couple negligible spots and marginal soiling. (A)

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Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/17/2016

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