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Auction 161, Lot 729

"[Lot of 21 - Views of Captain Cook's Voyages]", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Pacific Ocean, Polynesia, Alaska, New Zealand, Kamtschatka, Nootka Sound

Period: 1780-1801 (circa)


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 fascinating lot includes 21 engravings depicting the amazing sights that Captain Cook encountered on his voyages. Most focus on scenes from Polynesia, but there are images depicting Alaska, New Zealand, Kamtschatka, and Nootka Sound as well. Among the engravings are illustrations of the dress of Tahitian women, tools and military dress from the South Pacific, Captain Wallis in Tahiti, a native man of Kamtschatka with his dogs and sled, and an American polar bear. Most of the collection comes from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique... (circa 1780) or Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique... (circa 1785), but there are individual engravings from Bankes's New System of Geography (circa 1785), Alexander Hogg's A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World (circa 1785), and George Alexander Cooke's Modern & Authentic System of Universal Geography (circa 1801). The measurements of the charts range from 6.9 x 4.9" to 18.3 x 8.9".

1. Une Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Dansant.
2. Jeune Femme de O-Tahiti Apportant un Present.
3. Vue de l'Isle d'Huaheine avec la Maison de Dieu, et un Petit Autel Couvert d'Offrandes.
4. Danse d'O-Taiti.
5. Le Corps de Thee, Chef de O-Taiti, tel qu'on le Conservoit Apres sa Mort.
6. Chapeaux des Naturels d'Oonalashka.
7. Instruments des Insulaires de la Mer du Sud.
8. Instruments des Insulaires de la Mer du Sud.
9. Emouchoir des Otahitiens avec ses Manches.
10. Coffre Sculpte des Habitans de la Nouvelle Zelande.
11. Hausse-Col Militaire des Insulaires de la Mer du Sud.
12. View in the Island of Huaheine, and of the Ewharra-no-Eatua, or House of God [on sheet with] View of the House or Shed called Tupapow in Otaheite, Under Which the Dead Are Deposited....
13. Natche, ou Grande Fete en l'Honneur du Fils du Roi de Tongataboo.
14. Vue de la Baye de Matavai a Otahiti Appellee Havre du Port-Royal par le Capitaine Wallis.
15. Cession de l'Isle d'Otahiti au Capitaine Wallis par la Reine Oberea.
16. Fiatooka ou Cimetiere de l'Isle de Tongataboo.
17. Le Capitaine Wallis est Attaque dans le Dauphin par les Otahitiens.
18. Vue de Huaheine.
19. Homme du Kamtchatka Voyageant en Hiver.
20. A View of the Habitations in Nootka Sound.
21. The Large White Bear Found on the Ice, as Also on the Shores of the North West Coast of America.


Condition: B+

Most are dark impressions, and all are very good to near fine. Some of the sheets have light scattered foxing, light toning, and/or marginal soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/8/2017