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Auction 94, Lot 423

"The Landing of Capt.n Cook &c. at Erramanga, one of the New Hebrides", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: Pacific

Period: 1784 (published)

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

Color: Black & White

13 x 9 inches
33 x 22.9 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.

Capt. Cook's landing party is met by a group of angry natives whose spears are raised. Cook is aiming his rifle as his men push off from the shore in their boat. This dramatic scene the foretells the future.


Condition: B

Estimate: $50 - $60

Sold for: $45

Closed on 3/7/2001