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John Webber — Fine Atlas to Accompany Captain James Cook's Third Voyage of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean.



Fine Atlas to Accompany Captain James Cook's Third Voyage of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean. Fine Atlas to Accompany Captain James Cook's Third Voyage of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean.



[London: W. and A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784.], 1784. Folio (21 1/8 x 15 6/8 inches). Two fine folding engraved charts "A General Chart exhibiting the Discoveries of Capt., James Cook." and "A Chart of the NW Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia", and 61 fine engraved plates after (charts with mounts renewed, repaired marginal tear to plate "The Body of Tee." not affecting the image). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards gilt (light wear to extremities). First edition and a fine copy of this portfolio of magnificent plates published to accompany Cook's Third Voyage. Showing views of Cook's discoveries, portraits of the native peoples, their culture and artifacts by the official artist of the voyage John Webber. He was recommended by Daniel Solander, botanist on Captain Cook's first Pacific voyage (1768-71), to the Admiralty as draughtsman for Cook's third voyage in the "Resolution" and "Discovery". He was paid a huge salary for the time of 100 guineas a year for his work, and his subsequent "fame largely rests on his fine topographical and ethnographic work from the voyage, planned with Cook and with publication in view. Guided by the surgeon, William Anderson, he also drew natural history subjects (as did William Ellis, surgeon's mate and the other active draughtsman). He returned in October 1780, after Cook's and Anderson's deaths, with over 200 drawings and some twenty portraits in oils, showed a large selection to George III, and was reappointed by the Admiralty at 250 a year to redraw and direct the engraving of sixty-one plates, plus unsigned coastal views, in the official account" (Pieter van der Merwe for DNB). Hill 361; Holmes 47; Mitchell Library Cook 1552; Sabin 16250.
 

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