"[Lot of 3] Nacht-Dans der Vrouwen op Hapaee [and] Vue de l'Isle de Tanna [and] Vue de l'Isle de Rotterdam", Cook/Benard
Subject: Pacific Islands
Period: 1778-95 (circa)
Color: Black & White
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 of 3 engravings show natives Cook encountered on his voyages in the Pacific. The first is a Dutch variant on Benard's engraving of a group of women dancing at night in Ha'apai, part of the Kingdom of Tonga. The second depicts natives in the shade on the South Pacific island of Tanna, part of Vanuatu. The last engraving pictures animals and shelter on the island of Nomuka, part of the Ha'apai group in the Kingdom of Tonga.
A. Nacht-Dans der Vrouwen op Hapaee, from Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook, circa 1795, (14.9 x 8.7"). Condition: Issued folding with a binding trim and associated tiny tear at bottom left that have been repaired with archival materials.
B. Vue de l'Isle de Tanna, from Voyage das L’Hemisphere Austral, et autour du Monde..., circa 1778 (14.0 x 8.3"). Condition: There is marginal foxing and two worm tracks in the bottom blank margin.
C. Vue de l'Isle de Rotterdam, from Voyage das L’Hemisphere Austral, et autour du Monde..., circa 1778 (14.1 x 8.3"). Condition: Minor toning and a couple spots in the blank margins.
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