Auction 176, Lot 688

"The Landing at Erramanga One of the New Hebrides", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Erromango, Vanuatu

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage Towards the South Pole

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 9.4 inches
46.5 x 23.9 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 engraving depicts Cook's landing party 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. The engraving appeared in the official account of Cook's second voyage, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, published by Strahan and Cadell. Engraved by J. K. Sherwin from a painting by William Hodges.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-1a.

Condition: A

A dark impression, issued folding and now flattened with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 2/12/2020