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Auction 182, Lot 268

"Gezigt van de Karakakooa Baai aan het Eiland Owhijhee", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 8.7 inches
49.8 x 22.1 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 uncommon engraving depicts one of the earliest views of Hawaii from Cook's third and final voyage. Cook explored Hawaii before heading north to explore the Pacific coast, where they tracked past the Bering Strait before being turned back by ice. The expedition then sailed south to Hawaii, where Cook was killed in a dispute with the natives at Kealakekua Bay on February 14th, 1779. Clerke, his second-in-command, took over the expedition and they surveyed further in Hawaii before returning north to continue the exploration for the Northwest Passage. This engraving is a spectacular view of the bay where Cook met his end, showing his ships (Resolution and Discovery) and the boats of the native Hawaiians as well as their village. Based on a drawing by John Webber, and published in a Dutch edition of Cook's A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…


Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright sheet with minor marginal soiling and binding holes in the left blank margin.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 4/28/2021