Lot 11010: Captain Cook - A Kanguroo (Kangaroo) found on the Coast of Australia. 20

Lot 11010: Captain Cook - A Kanguroo (Kangaroo) found on the Coast of Australia. 20

Est: $200 - $400
Sold: $900

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Franklin, TN, US

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Item Overview

Description: First edition print from Cook's first voyage, in which the explorer was commissioned to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun and seek evidence that postulated Terra Australis Incognita, or "unknown southern land." This engraving of a kangaroo on the coast of New Holland (now Australia) was done after a drawing by Sydney Parkinson. The kangaroo first appeared as a symbol of Australia in 1773 with the publication of accounts of Captain Cook's voyage to the Pacific.

This fascinating, first edition folio engraving is from Captain James Cook & James King's An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. The work was published in London by Strahan and Cadell in 1773. It is the official account of Cook's first voyage.

Cook's first voyage of three, taking place between 1768 and 1771, was a combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition to the South Pacific aboard the HMS Endeavour. Departing from the Plymouth Dockyard in August 1768, the expedition crossed the Atlantic and reached Tahiti in time to observe the transit of Venus before setting off into the largely uncharted ocean to the south. In 1769, the crew reach New Zealand, and spent six months charting the coast before resuming their journey westward. In 1770 the crew became the first Europeans to reach the east coast of Australia before rounding the Cape of Good Hope in 1771 and returning to England the summer of that year.

"The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge." (Hill)

"Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilization and by the foundation of British Australia. The world was given for the first time an essentially complete knowledge of the Pacific Ocean and Australia, and Cook proved once and for all that there was no great southern continent, as had always been believed. He also suggested the existence of antarctic land in the southern ice ring, a fact which was not proved until the explorations of the nineteenth century." (Printing and the Mind of Man p.135)

Dimensions: ~ 11" by 10 1/2"

Artist or Maker: Captain James Cook

Medium: Folio Engraving

Date: 1773

Condition Report: Overall Excellent. There may be some imperfections to expect with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature: An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere

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Auction Details

Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper

By Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019, 11:00 AM EST

Franklin, TN, US

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