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- Published: London
- Published date: 1784
- Type: Print
- Issue date: 1784
- Technique: Copper engraving
- Size: 470 by 580mm (18½ by 22¾ inches).
- Bibliography: Beddie, 256; Nan Kivell, p.80; Horden House #50.
- Stock number: 32378
- Condition: In excellent condition.
Original copper engraving, engraved by Bartolozzi after J. Webber. The landscape engraved by W. Byrne. Cook, already a successful navigator, was immortalized after his death at the hands of Hawaiian natives at Karakakoa Bay. Cook had spent two months on the Big Island in 1779 and was well received, the natives believing he was a god. When he was forced to return due to a damaged mast, he was viewed as a mortal who had already sorely stretched the supplies of the Hawaiians. It is also thought that his handling of the natives was uncharacteristically brusque, leading to conjecture that this consummate traveler's judgment was somehow impaired.
Beddie, 256; Nan Kivell, p.80; Horden House #50.