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Antique Print of Maori War Canoe, New Zealand by Cook (35520)
Artist : James Cook
Title : A war canoe of New Zealand, with a view of Gable End Foreland. No. 16. - title taken from the index
Date : 1774
Size : 22 1/2in x 11 1/2in (580mm x 285mm)
Description :

This large original finely engraved original antique print of a New Zealand Maori War Canoe - engraved from a drawing by J.J. Barralet after Sydney Parkinson, drawn during Cooks 1st voyage of Discovery to the South Seas - was published in the 1773 Ist English edition of Hawkesworth's Voyages (please read further below)

John Hawkesworth. "An Account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour"..... London, 1773.
This official three-volume account of the first voyage was edited by John Hawkesworth, who had succeeded Dr. Samuel Johnson in 1744 as compiler of the parliamentary debates for the The Gentleman's Magazine. The first volume contains accounts of the voyages of Byron, Wallis, and Carteret. The second and third volumes are entirely concerned with Cook's voyage, based upon material drawn from journals kept by Cook and the papers of Joseph Banks.
As with the unofficial accounts published at the time of Cooks voyages, this work was immensely popular. Three separate three-volume editions were published in English in 1773 and four additional English printings appeared by 1789. German, Dutch, and French translations were also published beginning in 1774. In addition to the written account of the voyage, the two volumes related to Cook's voyage include 31 illustrations, charts, and maps.

Cook's First Voyage (1768-1771)
The first voyage under Captain James Cook's command was primarily of a scientific nature. The expedition on the Endeavour initially sailed to Tahiti to observe the transit of the planet Venus in order to calculate the earth's distance from the sun. Another purpose of the voyage was to explore the South Seas to determine if an inhabitable continent existed in the mid-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. Upon leaving Tahiti, Cook named and charted the Society Islands and then continued southwest to New Zealand. His circumnavigation and exploration of that country also resulted in a detailed survey. Cook proceeded to Australia, where he charted the eastern coast for 2,000 miles, naming the area New South Wales. As a result of these surveys, both Australia and New Zealand were annexed by Great Britain.

Cook's Second Voyage (1772-1775)
Two ships were employed with Cook commanding the Resolution and Captain Tobias Furneaux in charge of the Adventure. The purpose was to circumnavigate the globe as far south as possible to confirm the location of a southern continent. Cook proved that there was no "Terra Australis," which supposedly was located between New Zealand and South America. Cook was convinced, however, that there was land beyond the southern ice fields. In his pursuit of this idea, this expedition was the first European voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Cook's Third Voyage (1776-1779)
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. 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. (Ref Tooley M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - 
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Paper size: - 22 1/2in x 11 1/2in (580mm x 285mm)
Plate size: - 22in x 9 1/2in (570mm x 240mm)
Margins: - 1/2in (12mm)

Margins: - Light soiling in margins
Plate area: - Folds as issued, light soiling & offsetting
Verso: - Light soiling

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