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1780 Cook Benard Antique Print French Polynesia Marquesas Isles Ceremonial Dress

1780 Cook Benard Antique Print French Polynesia Marquesas Isles Ceremonial Dress

This finely engraved original antique print of ornamental dress worn by warriors from the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia was engraved by John Benard - after John Webber drawn during Capt. Cooks third and final voyage - was published in the first French edition of Cooks Voyages in 1780.

In general, this idyllic scene represents an image of serenity and prosperity consistent with Cook's observations about the native lifestyle that he found in his travels about the Hawaiian islands. It also is indicative of Webber's keen eye for detail. Cook's Journal - January 21, 1778

Cook's Third Voyage (1776-1779)
In the course of his first two voyages, Cook circumnavigated the globe twice, sailed extensively into the Antarctic, and charted coastlines from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Following these achievements, Cook's third voyage was organized to seek an efficient route from England to southern and eastern Asia that would not entail rounding the Cape of Good Hope. The search for such a Northwest (or Northeast) Passage had been on the agenda of northern European mariners and merchants since the beginning of European expansion in the late fifteenth century. England's growing economic and colonial interests in India in the later eighteenth century provided the stimulus for the latest exploration for this route.

Cook, again in command of the Resolution, was to approach the Northwest Passage from the Pacific accompanied by a second ship, the Discovery, captained by Charles Clerke. The ships left England separately, regrouped at Cape Town, and continued on to Tasmania, New Zealand, and Tahiti. The expedition then sailed north and made landfall at Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands. Cook continued northward and charted the west coast of North America from Northern California as far as the Bering Strait. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in a skirmish with natives on February 14, 1779. Upon Cook's death, Clerke took command of the expedition but died six months later. The ships returned to England in 1780 under John Gore, who had commanded the Discovery after Cook's death. From start to finish, the voyage had lasted more than four years. (Ref Tooley M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: -  
Colors used: -  
General color appearance: -  
Paper size: - 10in x 8in (255mm x 205mm)
Plate size: - 9 1/2in x 7 1/2in (240mm x 180mm)
Margins: - Min 1/4in (5mm)

Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$99.00 USD
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1833 d' Urville Antique Folio Print The People of Solomon Islands

1833 d' Urville Antique Folio Print The People of Solomon Islands

This large beautifully coloured original antique  lithograph folio print of people, habits and  costumes of the inhabitants of the Vanikoro and Tikopia Islands - part of the Solomon Islands group - was engraved by Antoine Maurin (1793-1860) and was published in the 1833 edition ofDumont d'Urville Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe

Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790–1842) - was born on 23 May 1790 at Condé-sur-Noireau, a village in Normandy, France. His father was Gabriel François Dumont, sieur of Urville and an hereditary Judge; his mother, née Jeanne de Croisilles, was of a noble French family. 
The d'Urvilles, because of their aristocratic connections, took refuge after the French Revolution in a secluded part of Normandy. Here, after the death of his father, Jules was educated by his mother's brother, a churchman of wide learning. Later he attended the Lycée Malherbe at Caen. In 1807 he entered the Navy. A student by talent and inclination, he devoted himself to learning, both in the humanities and natural sciences. In 1815 he married. In 1820, while on a visit in a French naval vessel to the eastern Mediterranean, he was instrumental in procuring for France a Greek statue which had been found on Melos – the Venus de Milo.

In 1822–25, while serving on the Coquille, he surveyed the Falklands, Tahiti and other Pacific islands, and New Holland (W Australia). In 1826–29 he commanded the Astrolabe in a voyage around the world; searching for the ill-fated La Pérouse expedition, he explored Fiji and many other islands of Oceania, the New Zealand coast, and the Moluccas. With the Astrolabe and the Zelée he made a second circumnavigation in 1837–40, and in 1840 he penetrated the ice pack south of New Zealand and discovered the Adélie Coast region in Antarctica. (Ref: M&B; Tooley)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy 
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Original  
Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, red  
General color appearance: - Authentic 
Paper size: - 19 1/2in x 13 1/2in (485mm x 345mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)

Margins: - Light age toning
Plate area: - Light age toning
Verso: - Light age toning

$375.00 USD
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