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Auction 177, Lot 721

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

Subject: Tanna, New Hebrides

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage Towards the South Pole

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 9.3 inches
47.2 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 Tanna, based on a painting by William Hodges. Cook is depicted aboard a rowboat offering a palm branch as a sign of peace to a group of islanders, yet still holds his musket in his other hand. Two groups of natives are armed with spears and clubs and do not appear to welcome the visitors, however three elder men stand at the center without weapons and gesturing with open hands. Cook's ship appears in the background. Engraved by I. K. Sherwin 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 soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $240


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