"[Lot of 4] Dood van J. Cook [and] Vue des Isles Sandwich [and] A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, with the Rowers Masked [on sheet with] An Offering Before Captn. Cook in the Sandwich Islands [and] Mort de Cook", Cook, James (Capt.)
Period: 1785-1840 (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 includes very early engraved views of Hawaii from Cook's third and final voyage. Cook explored Hawaii before heading north to explore the Pacific coast, where he tracked past the Bering Strait before being turned back by ice. The expedition then sailed south to Hawaii, where Cook was killed in a dispute with the natives at Karakakooa Bay on February 14th, 1779. Clerke, his second-in-command, took over the expedition and they surveyed further in Hawaii before returning north to continue the exploration for the Northwest Passage. Two of the engravings included here depict Cook's death, one from a Dutch edition of the Voyages and the other from a French publication, drawn by de Sainson and engraved by Charles Beyer. The lot also includes a sheet illustrating various Hawaiian views and a sheet showing a Hawaiian war canoe filled with men wearing ceremonial gourd helmets and feather headdresses in the Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook and officers meeting with natives.
A. Dood van J. Cook, from Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook, circa 1795 (14.3 x 8.9"). Condition: Issued folding with some short edge tears and fold separations, most of which have been closed on verso with archival tape. There is a binding trim in the left blank margin and light soiling that is mostly confined to the margins.
B. Vue des Isles Sandwich, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (15.3 x 7.8"). Condition: On paper with a bunch of grapes watermark, some tiny holes along the centerfold, and a few light spots.
C. A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, with the Rowers Masked [on sheet with] An Offering Before Captn. Cook in the Sandwich Islands, by Cook/Webber, from Bankes's New System of Geography, circa 1785 (6.9 x 11.0"). Condition: Light soiling, much of it confined to the blank margins.
D. Mort de Cook, circa 1840 (7.4 x 5.1"). Condition: A crisp impression with light scattered foxing.
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