C1784

Views of the Land on the West Coast of America, to the Westward of Cook's River.

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

$A 145

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S/N: CK03E-2410-ALASKA–228063
(F27)

Full Title:

Views of the Land on the West Coast of America, to the Westward of Cook’s River.

Date:

C1784

Artist:

John Webber (1752 - 1793)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

480mm 
x 230mm

Description:

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

Coastal views of the north-west coast of North America (Alaska), made by John Webber when Captain James Cook explored the area, 16 to 22 June 1778.

From top clockwise;

View of the land to the N* of Foggy Island A bearing S.W. 1/2 W 7 leas. dist. and B. West 4 leas. dist. (Tigvariak Island)

View of the land when Pinnacle Point bore N. 1/2 W. 6or 7 leas. dist. (Unga Island, Shumagin Islands)

View of the Land to the Westd. of Pinnacle Point when the Point bore N.W. 5 or 6 leagues dist. (Unga Island, Shumagin Islands)

View of the coast of America when Halibut Head bore N. 43 W. dist. 3 leas. (Sanak Island)

View of the islands and Main Land on the N. of Schumagin’s Strait when passing them. (Shumagin Islands)

View of the Land on the Coast of America when the Volcano bore N.N.E. 1/2 E. and the Sou. part of Oonemak N. 40 W. dist. 7 leas. (Unimak Island)

View of the Land N. of Round Hill Island the Island N.W. 1/2 W. dist 5 leas. (Akhiok Island)

View of Gore’s Island when Cape Upright bore N.N.W. 3 miles dist. (Saint Matthew Island, Behring Sea, Alaska)

Pinnacle’s island (Pinnacle Island)

From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere….

Biography:

John Webber (1752 – 1793)

Official artist on Cook’s third and last voyage. The reasons for the voyage were to return Omai and explore the possibility of a north-west passage along the North American continent. Webber was required to “give a more perfect idea thereof than can be formed by written description.” Webber’s oeuvre from the voyage was the most comprehensive record of sights in the Pacific region ever produced.

William Bligh (1754-1817)

Bligh was a naval officer and governor. He was descended from a family settled in St Tudy, Cornwall, since 1680, whose members had been mayors of Bodmin in the sixteenth century. William was entered in H.M.S. Monmouth on July 1762, was paid off the following February, and joined the navy on 27 July 1770. Since there was no vacancy for midshipmen, he was rated ‘able-seaman’, but he messed with the former and officially became one in February 1771. On 17 March 1776 he was appointed master of the Resolution, on James Cook’s third voyage. On the voyage made a number of the charts.

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