C1774

Maniere dont expose les morts a Otahiti.

A view in the Island of Otaheite with the house or shed called tupapow, under which the dead are deposited, and a representation of the person who performs the principal part in the funeral ceremony in his peculiar dress with … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Maniere dont expose les morts a Otahiti.

Date:

C1774

Condition:

Rust spot in right margin, 20mm from engraved surface, two worm holes below title (both defects will matt over).

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

360mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Maniere dont expose les morts a Otahiti. - Antique View from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

A view in the Island of Otaheite with the house or shed called tupapow, under which the dead are deposited, and a representation of the person who performs the principal part in the funeral ceremony in his peculiar dress with a man climbing the bread-fruit tree to get out of his way.

From the French edition of Cook’s first voyage account.

James Cook (1728 - 1779)

Cook was the most important navigator of the Age of Enlightenment, a period that saw the mystery of the Southland resolved, the discovery of New Zealand, Hawaii, numerous Pacific Islands and confirmation that a Northwest Passage did not exist. Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish labourer and apprenticeship for three years under John Walker, a Quaker coal-shipper of Whitby. In 1755 Walker offered him a command, but instead Cook joined HMS Eagle and within a month was master's mate. After two years on the Channel service, he was promoted master of the Pembroke, and in 1758 crossed the Atlantic in her and took part in the siege of Louisburg and the survey of the St Lawrence River that led to the capture of Quebec. Returning to England in 1762 he married Elizabeth Batts (1742-1832?) of Shadwell, whom he was to rarely see in the ensuing years at sea. Cook then famously commanded three voyages that ended with his death on the island of Hawaii on 14 February 1779.

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