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Auction 99, Lot 521

"[Lot of 2]", Gentleman's Magazine

Subject: Exploration - Sandwich Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand

Period: 1784 (dated)


Color: Black & White

8.5 x 6.5 inches
21.6 x 16.5 cm

Pair of nicely engraved plates featuring Cook's expedition. "A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the Rowers Masked" shows a war canoe with full sail and ten masked warriors. The second sheet has two engravings: "A New Zealand Warrior in his proper Dress, compleatly Armed according to their Manner" and "A Native of Otaheite in the Dress of his Country." A great pair of sheets related to Cook's explorations.


Condition: B

Evenly toned with a little offsetting. Former on thick hand-laid paper. The later on machine-made paper, the earliest we've seen.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $50

Closed on 6/12/2002