Auction 156, Lot 781

"[Lot of 5] Baye de Matavai a Otahiti [on sheet with] Havre d'Ohamaneno a Ulietea... [and] Sacrifice Humain... [and] Vue de l'Interieur d'une Maison dans l'Isle d'Ulietea... [and] Vue de Huaheine [and] Vue de l'Isle d'Huaheine avec la Maison de Dieu...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Society Islands

Period: 1780-85 (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 includes a sheet with multiple charts and four striking views of the Society Islands. Captain Cook and his crew first stopped in the Society Islands in 1769, and the islands became great favorites of the crew. The first sheet contains four well-engraved charts showing protected bays on the islands of Otahiti (Tahiti), Ulietea (Raiatea), and d'Huaheine (Huahine), with numerous soundings, shoals, and anchorages noted. It was engraved by Benard. The first print, also engraved by Benard, illustrates Cook witnessing a human sacrifice. A dance in a house on Raiatea is depicted in the second print, engraved by Palas. The third print, engraved by Benard, is a well rendered view of the harbor of Huahine with numerous native canoes and two sailing ships. The last view presents a religious offering upon an altar along with a couple natives, a sailing craft, and some lush vegetation.

A. Baye de Matavai a Otahiti [on sheet with] Havre d'Ohamaneno a Ulietea [and] Havre d'Owharre dans l'Isle d'Huaheine [and] Havre d'Oopoa a Ulietea, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (13.4 x 8.6"). Condition: On watermarked paper with faint offsetting and toning and separations along the centerfold, closed with archival tape. (B+)
B. Sacrifice Humain qui eut Lieu dans un des Morais d'O-taiti, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (18.3 x 8.9"). Condition: A dark impression issued folding on watermarked paper. (A)
C. Vue de l'Interieur d'une Maison dans l'Isle d'Ulietea. Representation d'une Danse a la Mode du Pays, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (12.9 x 8.0"). Condition: A nice impression with light scattered foxing that is almost exclusively confined to the blank margins. (A)
D. Vue de Huaheine, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (18.2 x 8.7"). Condition: A crisp impression issued folding with light scattered foxing, extraneous creasing, minor soiling, and a couple short edge tears in the top blank margin. (B+)
E. Vue de l'Isle d'Huaheine avec la Maison de Dieu, et un Petit Autel Couvent d'Offrandes, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (13.8 x 8.1"). Condition: A dark impression on a watermarked and lightly toned sheet. (B+)

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Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/17/2016

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