'A View Of Christmas Harbor, In Kerguelen's Land' 1784 Webber Engraving From Cook's 3rd Voyage
A view of Christmas Harbor on what is also called Desolation Island. This print is an engraved image from the official account of James Cook’s third expedition, his last voyage. The ostensive purpose of the voyage was to return home a Society Islands native, Omai, who had spent two years in Europe after hopping a ride on an English ship in 1773. However, the true purpose was to explore for the long sought-for Northwest Passage. Cook sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and into the Pacific, stopping at among other places Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, and the Society Islands. He then discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands. Cook then sailed up the northwest coast of America through the Bering Strait, before being stopped by pack ice. Returning to Hawaii, Cook was killed in an otherwise insignificant skirmish. John Webber was the official artist for the voyage, taken along to “give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description.” Upon the expedition’s return he prepared images for the report which was published in 1784, the most comprehensive picture of the Pacific region from the early days of exploration. This image shows the two ships of Cook’s expedition, the Resolution and the Discovery, anchored in the bay. Of note are the penguins and the somewhat awkwardly engraved sea lion.
Image 10.5" x 16" Archive Matted & Framed 17.5" x 23.5
Very good, some foxing, see photos for details
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