WEBBER, John.

Views in the South Seas,

Stock Code
97384
Views in the South Seas,
from drawings by the late James [sic] Webber, draftsman on board the Resolution, Captain James Cooke [sic], from the year 1776 to 1780. With letter-press descriptive of the various scenery, &c these plates form a new series, and are of the same size as those engraved for Captain Cooke's last voyage. The drawings are the property of the Admiralty.
London, Boydell & Co., '1808' [1820].
£37,500
The most striking, but the last of the many important books relating to Cook's voyages to be published. The sixteen beautiful aquatint plates are designed after drawings by Webber and were engraved by the artist himself. He produced uncoloured versions of some of these plates during his lifetime, but the magnificent aquatints found here only appeared after his death. The plates include natural history, ethnographic and scientific subjects relating to New Zealand, Tahiti, Cracatoa, Kamtschatka, Macao, and Vietnam, including an image of the Discovery and the Resolution beating a path through the ice fields.

Boydell, the publisher, hoped that owners of the atlas to the official account of the Third Voyage would add these to their collection, adding to the title-page 'these plates form a new series, and are of the same size as those engraved for Captain Cooke's last voyage'. However, the bibliographical puzzle of this handsome book, as described
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Description

First edition. Folio, 16 hand-coloured aquatints (with watermarks from 1805, 1819, & 1820), 15 leaves of descriptive text (plates II & III described on the same page). Postwar(?) three-quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, buckram boards, all edges gilt, some very light spotting to title and (blank) preliminaries. G.R. Nicolaus (bookplate to front pastedown)

Bibliography

Abbey (Travel) II, 595; Beddie, 1872; Forbes I, 397; Hill, 1837; Hocken, 35; Holmes, 79; Tooley, 501.   Stock ID: 97384

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23/01/2020

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