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Auction 181, Lot 251

"Eene Offerhande in Tegenswoordigheid van Kapitein Cook", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Hawaii, Natives

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 8.6 inches
35.6 x 21.8 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 scene shows Captain Cook being offered a roast pig in the company of priests at the house of Lono, the God of Agriculture. Behind Cook is a wooden idol that Cook describes as being of the same kind as those on Morai. From a Dutch edition of Cook's voyages.

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Condition: A

A nice example on paper with an "...ol & Comp" watermark and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/10/2021

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