Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.
Cook was at Tana between 6 - 20 August 1774, with a party going inland to the island on 10 August.
'This day Mr. Wales, and two of three of the officers, advanced a little, for the first time, into the island. They met with a small straggling village, the inhabitants of which treated them with great civility'. Cooks Journal II, p.60-61.
References; Beddie 1381-29, p.267. Joppien 2.132A, ill.p.232
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.