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Auction 168, Lot 689


"[Lot of 2] [A View of the New Discover'd Island of Ulietea, with Some of Its Inhabitants, a Double Canoe...] [and] Pirogues des Isles des Amis", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Raiatea, Tonga

Period: 1774-78 (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.

A. [A View of the New Discover'd Island of Ulietea, with Some of Its Inhabitants, a Double Canoe...], from Geschichte der See-Reisen und Entdeckungen im Sud-Meer..., by Captain James Cook, circa 1774, (18.1 x 7.8"). This copper engraving depicts a scene of life on Raiatea, the French Polynesian island visited by Cook on all three of his voyages. It shows the bustling activity of natives on the beach, a double canoe and other craft out on the water, and another double canoe sheltered on shore. The engraving was published in the German edition of John Hawkesworth's landmark An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and Successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook.. Engraved by Berger. Condition: A nice impression issued folding on a watermarked sheet with a few light spots, a minor stain that enters the image at bottom right, and a couple edge tears in the same corner that have been repaired on verso with archival materials. (B+)

B. Pirogues des Isles des Amis, by Cook/Benard, from Voyage dans l'Hemisphere Austral..., published 1778 (14.0 x 8.3"). This striking engraving shows various vessels Captain Cook encountered off the coast of Tonga. Cook named this group the Friendly Islands due to the generous reception he and his crew received on their journey. He also noted the speed of the natives' canoes, one of which appears on this sheet. Engraved by Benard. Condition: A dark impression issued folding with a couple of unobtrusive spots in the image, marginal foxing, and small remnants of hinge tape on verso. (A)



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Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 6/6/2018