"Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, drinking Kava", Hogg, Alexander
Subject: Exploration - South Pacific
Period: 1784 (published)
Publication: A New Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World
Color: Black & White
13.5 x 8.5 inches
34.3 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 engraved scene shows a large number of men seated around the king inside a large and finely built thatched hut. The men are drinking Kava, a local beverage made from the root of Piper methysticum, a species of pepper. Well rendered and engraved.
Dark, crisp impression on hand-laid paper.