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.
The view shows native habitations with animals at Bolcheretzkoi on the Kamtchatka Peninsula, on Russia's eastern Siberian coast.
On May 13, King recorded;
'We employ'd the afternoon in seeing the town & Country for many miles about is a low swamp....The Earth was in most parts cover'd with snow;.....We saw I suppose 20 or 30 Milch Cows & the Maor [Behm} had 6 stout horses, all of which were in good Case; These & the dogs are the only domestic Animals ...The houses are all after the fashion, that is built of logs & thatch'd.' King/Cook Journals III, 667-8.
Beddie 1743-72, p.343, Joppien 3.341A, ill.p.568
From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere....