Título: A MAN OF OONALASHKA
Año de publicación: 1784
Uncoloured engraving from the Atlas of the official account of Captain Cooks Third Voyage which explored the NW Coast of America in search of a North-West passage. From the drawing by John Webber, artist on Cooks third voyage. Cooks expedition spent three weeks at Unalaska, one of the Aleutian Islands during the autumn of 1778, fishing and collecting berries while their ships were refitted. Cook wrote on the natives. "A few of them now and then, came off to the ships and bartered a few trifling things, but never remained more than a quarter of an hour at a time. On the contrary, they rather seemed shy, and yet, we could judge that they were no stangers to vessels, in some degree, like ours. They behaved with a degree of politeness uncommon to savage tribes" Cook's Third voyage was unprecedented in the amount of money spent on publication with no expense spared on production of the plates. As Sir Joseph Banks said, the expenditure was 'to contribute much to the ornament of the work, as our plates are far better engraved than preceding ones.the publick have a right to that indulgence'. .23 x 18cm. A very fine copy with large margins. N° de ref. de la librería 172294
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