[Tools etc from the South Sea Isles]


John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)

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[Tools etc from the South Sea Isles]




John Frederick Miller (1759 - 1796)


In good condition.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 210mm


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

Implements of the Society Islands. Shown are an adze and tattooing tools.

‘The Figure, reckoning from the left hand, is an adze of the larger size, the second and third are different representations of the upper part of it…the third are different representations of the upper part of it…the smaller figures are tattowing instruments…the last is the instrument with they struck,’ Hawkesworth II,p.191

Reference: Joppien 1.98A ill.p.160

FromHawkesworth, 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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