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Auction 94, Lot 422

"View of the Ice Islands as seen in Cook's Seconde Voyage on Jany. 9, 1773", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: Antarctica

Period: 1784 (published)

Publication: A New Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World

Color: Black & White

13.3 x 8.4 inches
33.8 x 21.3 cm
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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.

Great view of the Endeavor shown in the ice fields with its men in boats attempting to break apart the ice bergs. The ship, under full sail, is surrounded by towering ice bergs. This scene is only eight days before Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle for the first time.


Condition: B

Crisp, bright impression.

Estimate: $50 - $60

Sold for: $200

Closed on 3/7/2001