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 is towards the entrance of Avacha Bay with the Discovery and Resolution at anchor. The village is shown on the sandy peninsula with Kamchatkan summer huts and Russian log huts. Kamtschatka is a Oblast (district) and a peninsula in the Asiatic part of Russia .The capital is Petropawlowsk Kamtschatskij.
'The Town or Ostrog of St. Peter & Paul stands upon a long narrow spit of Sand, which forms & seperates the Harbour from the Bay of Awatschka except at a narrow entrance about a Stones throw across. it consists of 5 or six Russian log Houses and about 15 Kamtschdale Houses called Balagans & 3 or 4 Joorta's. Cook Journals III, 2, 1258.
Beddie 1743-74, p.343, Joppien 3.328A, ill.p.556
From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere...