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Auction 183, Lot 203

"Terre Eoboo, Koning van Owhijhee, Kapitein Cook Geschenken Brengende", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Hawaii, Natives

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.3 x 8.8 inches
36.3 x 22.4 cm

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) is best known for his three voyages to the Pacific (1768-71; 1772-75; and 1776-79). His discoveries radically changed the western understanding of the world in the late 18th century. He was the first to circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and provided the earliest European accounts of exploration along the eastern coast of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. On February 14th, 1779, he was killed on Hawaii after attempting to kidnap the chief of the island.

Many contemporary accounts of Cook’s voyages, including charts and engravings, appeared in the late 18th century. The first official account of Cook’s first voyage was published in 1773 by John Hawkesworth in Volumes II and III of An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere... William Strahan and Thomas Cadell published the first official accounts of the second and third voyages in 1777 and 1784. Accounts of his exploration were subsequently translated into French, German, and Dutch.

This copper-engraved view illustrates the King of Hawaii bringing presents to Captain Cook. The robed king and his party are on a large craft rowed by twenty men, escorted by two smaller craft. Gifts are clearly visible in one of the smaller boats, and appear to be three large statutes of men and women. The engraving is based on a drawing by John Webber, an English artist who accompanied Captain Cook on his third Pacific expedition. Published in a Dutch edition of Cook's A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean…

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Condition: A

A nice impression with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/9/2021

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