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Auction 179, Lot 814

"A Toupapow with a Corpse on It Attended by the Chief Mourner in His Habit of Ceremony", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Tanna, Vanuatu

Period: 1777 (dated)

Publication: A Voyage Towards the South Pole...

Color: Hand Color

14.9 x 8.5 inches
37.8 x 21.6 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 image shows a mourning ceremony on Tanna, Vanuatu. The deceased is covered on a raised platform, with two women mourning beneath, while the "Chief Mourner" stands to the far left in his ceremonial dress. Drawn by William Hodges, engraved by William Woollett, and published by William Strahan and Thomas Cadell.

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

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a sturdy sheet with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/16/2020