"[Lot of 4] Danse de Nuit, Executee par les Femmes de Hapaee [and] Danse d'O-Taiti [and] Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Apportant un Present [and] Une Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Dansant", Cook/Benard
Subject: Haʻapai, Tahiti
Period: 1785 (circa)
Publication: Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique...
Color: Black & White
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 four engravings focus on the female natives encountered by Captain Cook in Ha'apai and Tahiti. The first shows a group of women dancing at night in Ha'apai, part of the Kingdom of Tonga. On the second sheet, a ceremonial dance in Tahiti is depicted, complete with costumed dancers and percussionists in the background. The third features a native Tahitian woman in an unusual and massive barrel-like skirt. The subject of the final view is a woman in sophisticated formal dress and hat swaying before a nature scene.
A. Danse de Nuit, Executee par les Femmes de Hapaee, (15.1 x 8.9").
B. Danse d'O-Taiti, (14.4 x 9.0").
C. Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Apportant un Present, (6.6 x 8.8").
D. Une Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Dansant, (6.8 x 8.9").
Dark impressions with marginal foxing or toning. The second sheet was issued folding on watermarked paper and has a single minor spot in the image. The last sheet is watermarked with a faint spot in the image as well.