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AUCTION 17

VOYAGES & TRAVELS
WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CAPTAIN COOK

Lot 39

Proof Plates for Cook’s First & Second Voyages

39. [COOK: FIRST & SECOND VOYAGES]. HODGES, William, et al. (artists and engravers). Album of rare wide-margined proof plates from Cook's first and second voyages. London, n.d. [1773-1777]. 29 copper-engraved plates (31.2 x 53.7 cm; 12-1/4 x 21-1/8 inches, and smaller), all mounted on contemporary laid paper. Folio, full contemporary diced russia, panelled and rolled in gilt (expertly rebacked to style using eighteenth-century diced russia, gilt spine with raised bands, expert repairs to corners using eighteenth-century russia). Fine. Preserved in a cloth box with morocco label.

First voyage: 6 proofs before letters, as follows:

[A view of the Indians of Tierra del Fuego in their hut, by F. Bartolozzi after A. Cipriani].

[A view of Matavia Bay in Otaheite... from One tree Hill].

[A View of the Island of Otaheite, with several vessels of that Island, by E. Rooker].

[Native implements, by Record].

[Native implements].

Untitled but showing Cook and party being greeted by Islanders, the foremost of whom holds out a palm frond, by J. Hall.

Second voyage: The 23 images from the Second Voyage fall into three groups: (1) india proof of Man of the Island of Mallicolo with version of plate as finally published; (2) 14 proofs dated July 16, 1776, and with “London, published as the Act directs” as the publication line; and (3) 7 proofs dated February 1, 1777, and with note that they are published by Strahan and Cadell. All are proofs before numbers, but do include titles, engravers and artists.

The 1776 group is as follows:

[Man of the Island of Mallicolo]. Trial proof on india paper mounted by J. Caldwall after Hodges, mounted above an example of the published version with title. The trial proof shows the Islander nude except for an arm band and holding a bow in his right hand; the names of the engraver and artist are given in scratch lettering just beneath the image. The bow was eliminated in the final engraving and the man was given a Roman-style toga to wear (Plate XLVII in the second voyage account). The reasons for this change are not known, but there is another example of the trial engraving in the British Museum, together with Hodges’ preliminary drawing (see Joppien & Smith, Vol. II, p. 87 and Plates 80-82).

Man of the Island of Tanna. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Basire.

Man in Christmas Sound, Tierra del Fuego. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Basire.

View in the Island of Tanna. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Basire.

The Ice Islands, seen. [title in proof state before addition of date] Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by B. T. Pouncy.

View in the Island of Pines. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by W. Byrne.

Christmas Sound, Tierra del Fuego. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by W. Watts.

Resolution Bay in the Marquesas. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by B. T. Pouncy.

Possession Bay in the Island of South Georgia. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav’d by B. Smith.

O-Hedidee. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Caldwall.

The Chief at Sta. Christina. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Hall.

Woman of Sta. Christina. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Hall.

Otoo King of O-Taheite. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. Hall.

Man of New Caledonia. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav’d by Aliamet.

Tynai-Mai. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by J. K. Sherwin.

The 1777 group is as follows:

A View in the Island of Rotterdam. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav’d by W. Byrne.

A Toupapow with a corpse on it Attended by the Chief Mourner in his Habit of Ceremony. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by W. Woollett.

Monuments in Easter Island. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav’d by W. Woollett.

View in the Island of New Caledonia. Drawn from Nature by W. Hodges Engrav'd by W. Byrne.

The Island of Otahiete, bearing S.E. distant one League. Painted by W. Hodges Engrav’d by W. Watts.

The Fleet of Otaheite assembled at Opáree. Painted by W. Hodges Engrav'd by W. Woollett.

The Landing at Erramanga one of the New Hebrides. Painted by W. Hodges Engraved by J. K. Sherwin.

     The excellent artists employed for Cook’s voyages to record the scenery, people and natural wonders encountered were of the highest caliber and did much to contribute to the lasting value of information gathered during these voyages. In the present album are gathered a large selection of many of the greatest images from the first two voyages, the majority by William Hodges, one of the greatest topographical and ethnographical artists of the eighteenth century. Regarding the art and artists of the first and second voyages, see Joppien & Smith, Vols. I and II. ($20,000-30,000)

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