"[Lot of 3] Carte des Isles des Amis [and] Plan du Havre de Tongataboo, 1777 [and] Boats of the Friendly Isles", Cook, James (Capt.)
Subject: Tonga Islands
Period: 1785 (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 interesting lot features three maps and a view from the Kingdom of Tonga. Cook named this group the Friendly Islands due to the generous reception he and his crew received when they first arrived there during their second journey. The first chart shows the Tongatapu and Ha'apai groups with the track of Cook's ship, the Resolution. The second zooms in on a segment of Tongapatu's northern coast. The third engraving depicts the Tongans' interesting catamaran type boats.
A. Carte des Isles des Amis, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (13.5 x 9.5"). Condition: Issued folding on paper with a "Tamizier Auvergne Fin de 1783" watermark and marginal soiling. (A)
B. Plan du Havre de Tongataboo, 1777, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (15.6 x 8.8"). Condition: Issued folding on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark, damp stains that enter the image at left and right, an extraneous crease along the centerfold, and heavy soiling along the sheet's edges. (B+)
C. Boats of the Friendly Isles, by Cook/Hogg, from A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World..., circa 1784 (13.9 x 7.9"). Condition: On a lightly toned sheet with a few small spots in the image and some small chips and tears along the sheet's edges, including a couple that just enter the neatline at right. (B+)
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