Auction 165, Lot 731

"The Island of Otahiete Bearing S.E. Distant One League", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Tahiti

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 9.2 inches
46.5 x 23.4 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 lovely view shows several outrigger canoes with the island of Tahiti in the background. Created by W. Hodges, engraved by W. Watts, and published by William Strahan and Thomas Cadell. This view was published in a contemporary account of Cook's second voyage on the ships Resolution and Adventure from 1772-75.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-1a.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 11/15/2017