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Auction 94, Lot 426

"A New Zealand Chief whose head is ingeniously TATAWED, and a Subaltern Warrior of the same Country", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: New Zealand

Period: 1784 (published)

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

Color: Black & White

13 x 8.3 inches
33 x 21.1 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.

Striking portrait of the Chief with incredible tatooing and authentic dress with earrings, feathers, necklase and woven shirt. Upper half contains an engraving titled ‘A curiously ARCHED ROCK on the Coast of New Zealand’ with native craft and one of Cook's ship in the background. Surrounded in decorative border engraved in similar iconography of the chief's tatoos.


Condition: B

Estimate: $40 - $50

Sold for: $0

Closed on 3/7/2001