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Auction 183, Lot 202

"Praauw van de Sandwich's Eilanden, met Gemaskerde Roeijers", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, Natives

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.4 x 9 inches
36.6 x 22.9 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 attractive engraving from Cook's third and final voyage shows a Hawaiian war canoe filled with men wearing ceremonial gourd helmets and feather headdresses in the Kealakekua Bay. Cook explored Hawaii before heading north to explore the Pacific coast, where he 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 Karakakooa 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. Based on a drawing by John Webber, and published in a Dutch edition of Cook's A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…

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Condition: A

A nice impression on a sturdy sheet with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/9/2021

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