C1777

The Spruce Fir of New Zeeland. sic

Rare c.18th engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. This is the first and most superior issue of Cook’s engravings. The first engraving of a Rimu plant, Dacrydium cupressinum, collected at Queen … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Spruce Fir of New Zeeland. sic

Date:

C1777

Condition:

Faint spot at lower left sheet edge, otherwise in good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

162mm 
x 205mm

Paper Size: 

220mm 
x 283mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Spruce Fir of New Zeeland. sic - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare c.18th engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. This is the first and most superior issue of Cook’s engravings.

The first engraving of a Rimu plant, Dacrydium cupressinum, collected at Queen Charlotte Sound, where Cook stayed from 12 May to 6 June 1773, during his second voyage.

First described by Daniel Solander.

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: 1381-51, p.269.

Collections:
National Library New Zealand: Ref C-051-024
Art Gallery New South Wales: Accession number 207.1990.3.a-kkk
National Maritime Museum Greenwich: ID: PAI2060
Stanford Library: List number 3404.005

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 When approached to join Cook's Resolution, after Bank's scientific party had withdrawn, Johann insisted that his son should travel with him as his natural-history draughtsman.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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