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