"[Lot of 3] The Landing of Captn. Cook, &c. at Tanna, One of the New Hebrides [and] The Landing of Captn. Cook, &c. at Mallicolo, One of the New Hebrides [and] The Landing of Captn. Cook, &c. at Erramanga, One of the New Hebrides", Cook, James (Capt.)
Subject: New Hebrides
Period: 1785 (circa)
Color: Black & White
12.6 x 8.2 inches
32 x 20.8 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 lot includes three striking engravings depicting Captain Cook's arrival on various islands of the New Hebrides. The first shows him attempting a peaceful landing at Tanna, holding out a palm leaf as his boat approaches a beach full of anxious natives. In Cook's boat are several lovely young ladies. The second presents Cook and his uniformed men disembarking from canoes amid an armed group of natives on Malakula. It was published in Alexander Hogg's A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection... and was engraved by Page. The last engraving comes from a different edition of the same publication. On it, Cook's landing party is met by a group of angry natives whose spears are raised. Cook is aiming his rifle as his men push off from the shore in their boat. This dramatic scene the foretells the future. Engraved by Page.
Nice impressions with minor soiling and some small chips and tears confined to the blank margins. The first two sheets have a couple small worm holes in the engraved image.