[Tools and Instruments from the Society Islands.]


John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

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[Tools and Instruments from the Society Islands.]




John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)


In good condition.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 230mm


Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty
sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. All other later
copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually
smaller and inferior in quality.

‘The first two figures, reckoning from the left hand, are chissels of gouges; the third and adze of the smaller kind; the fourth, the instrument with which the bread-fruit is beaten into a paste; the fifth, the nasal flute; the sixth, a thatching needle; the seventh, the instruments used for beating the cloth.’

Reference: Joppien 1.96A ill. pp. 158

From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken By the Order of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere.


John Frederick Miller (1759-1796)

John Miller was the son of Johann Muller, an engraver from Nuremberg, who settled in England in 1744. Of his twenty-seven children, two sons followed in their father’s career. It was probably through Banks acquaintance with his father that John Frederick came into Banks employment. He was given the task of making drawings of artefacts collected by Banks and others on the Endeavour’s voyage, and was to have accompanied Banks as a natural history draughtsman on Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific, on the Resolution, together with his brother James. 

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