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Auction 164, Lot 725

"Debarquement a Middelburgh, l'Une des Isles Friendly, (des Amis)", Cook/Benard

Subject: Tonga

Period: 1778 (circa)

Publication: Voyage dans l'Hemisphere...

Color: Hand Color

18.1 x 8.3 inches
46 x 21.1 cm

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 engraving depicts Captain Cook's landing on the island of Eua in the kingdom of Tonga. The local men and women are greeting them with offerings and gifts, while the lead man carries a palm frond. Cook first visited the island in October 1773, which he called "Middleburg" based on the nomenclature given by Abel Tasman. His visit was so welcomed by the native inhabitants, that he gave the islands the nickname "Friendly Islands." Engraved by Benard.


Condition: A

A sharp impression, issued folding with some light damp stains in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 9/13/2017