Auction 171, Lot 256

"[Lot of 4] A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, in the North Pacific Ocean, with the Rowers Masked [and] Homme de l'Isle Sandwich avec son Casque [and] A Savage of the Sandwich Islands Dancing [and] Jeune Femme de l'Isle Sandwich", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Hawaii, Natives

Period: 1785-1800 (circa)

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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 Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, in the North Pacific Ocean, with the Rowers Masked, from A Voyage to the Pacific, circa 1800 (7.0 x 5.0"). This attractive engraving from Cook's third and final voyage shows a Hawaiian war canoe filled with men wearing ceremonial gourd helmets and feather headdresses in the Kealakekua Bay. 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. Drawn by John Webber and engraved by Page. Condition: A crisp impression. (A+)

B. Homme de l'Isle Sandwich avec son Casque, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (6.9 x 8.9"). This striking engraving by Benard was based on the work of John Webber, the English artist who accompanied Cook on his third and final voyage. It depicts Chief Kaneena in feathered helmet and cape. Kaneena died in the same conflict in which Cook was slain. Condition: Minor soiling in the margins. (A)

C. A Savage of the Sandwich Islands Dancing, by Cook/Webber, circa 1799 (5.0 x 6.9"). This engraving presents a dancing young warrior in a loin cloth with tattoos, fancy anklets, and a shield. Drawn by John Webber and engraved by F. Deeves. Condition: There is very faint dampstaining and remnants of hinge tape on verso. (B+)

D. Jeune Femme de l'Isle Sandwich, by Cook/Benard, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (6.8 x 8.9"). This engraving depicts a young native woman in a lei with a dreamy expression on her face. Engraved by Benard. Condition: A nice impression on watermarked paper with a couple small spots of foxing and light toning. (B+)

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Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/6/2019

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