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Auction 177, Lot 720

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

Subject: Malakula, New Hebrides

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage Towards the South Pole

Color: Hand Color

18.1 x 9.3 inches
46 x 23.6 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 is the first published engraving of Captain Cook's arrival on Malakula, based on a painting by William Hodges. Cook is depicted with his feet in the water, handing his musket to an officer in order to accept a palm branch from an islander. Although the natives are armed with bows and arrows, the offering of the palm branch signified a peaceful reception. Engraved by J. Basire and published in A Voyage Towards the South Pole by William Strahan and Thomas Cadell.

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

Condition: A

Issued folding on sturdy paper with minor marginal creasing and soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 4/29/2020