Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.
Polar Bears encountered by the ships 18 July 1779 off the coast of Alaska, between present day Wainwright and Point Lay. (N70.11°, E197.4°)
'About nine in the evening, a white bear was seen swimming close by the Discovery; it afterward made to the ice, on which were also two others.' King/Cook III, 3, p.251.
Beddie 1743-73, p.343, Joppien 3.440A, ill.p.640
From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere....