C1777

[Tea Plant of New Zealand.]

Rare c.18th engraving of the New Zealand teatree plant, Leptospermum scoparium (Myrtaceae), collected at Queen Charlotte Sound during Cook’s second voyage of exploration. This is the first and most superior issue of this engraving. Cook arrived at Queen Charlotte Sound, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Tea Plant of New Zealand.]

Date:

C1777

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 210mm

Paper Size: 

225mm 
x 293mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Tea Plant of New Zealand.] - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare c.18th engraving of the New Zealand teatree plant, Leptospermum scoparium (Myrtaceae), collected at Queen Charlotte Sound during Cook’s second voyage of exploration. This is the first and most superior issue of this engraving.

Cook arrived at Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand 12 May 1773 and stayed in the area till 6 June 1773.

Common names: Manuka, Manuka myrtle, New Zealand teatree
First described by J.R.Forster & G.Forster
Distribution: NZ Australia, QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS

From Cook’s, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: Beddie 1381-22, p.266.

Collections:
Smithsonian Institution: Foster Collection

Johann George Foster (1754 - 1794)

Foster was the son of Johann Reinhold Foster. He showed a precocious intellectual ability and was educated in natural history by his father. He was enrolled as a pupil at the Warrington Academy, where his father taught French and German. When approached to join Cook's Resolution, after Bank's scientific party had withdrawn, Johann insisted that his son should travel with him as his natural-history draughtsman. George completed two volumes of drawings of plants containing 361 item on the voyage. These drawings the Fosters sold to Banks in August 1776.

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