Views on the west coast of America.


John Webber (1752 - 1793)


S/N: CK03E-2258-CAN–228058

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Views on the west coast of America.




John Webber (1752 - 1793)


Two small repairs at left hand side sheet edge, otherwise in good condition with folds as issued.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 220mm


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.

Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Coastal views of the northwest coast of North America made by John Webber when Captain James Cook explored the area 29 March to 26 April 1778.

View when Table Hill bore E b[y] N 1/2 N
Alaska – View when Mount Edgecumbe bore NW b[y] N, 8 lea[gue]s dist.
Vancouver Island, Canada – View of the Entrance of Nootka Sound when the N. point of the Entrance bore E., dis. 4 miles
Alaska – View when Mount St. Elias bore N.W. b W, 20 leagues
Alaska – View of Kayes Island the S. End bearing W.S.W., 8 or 9 leags.
Alaska – View of Kaye’s Island bearing from S.W. b W to N.W. 1/2 distant from the nearest part, 3 1/2 leagues
Alaska – View of Kaye’s Island when the S. End bore N., 2 miles dist. ; NB.a, in the last three views, is the same island
Alaska – View of the Land of Prince Williams Sound taken from the first anchoring to the northward of Cape Hinchingbrook.

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


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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