A Very Scarce Set of Four Views in the South Seas. Comprising: A View of Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isles; A View of Ulietea; A View of Matavai, Otaheite; A View of Pulo Condore.

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A Very Scarce Set of Four Views in the South Seas. Comprising: A View of Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isles; A View of Ulietea; A View of Matavai, Otaheite; A View of Pulo Condore.

London, No 312,Oxford Street, Published February 1st, 1787 and February 1st, 1788. First Editions, First Issues. Landscape Folio, [305 x 430mm], Aquatints by M. C. Prestel over Etched Engravings by John Webber, in cream mounts, folding half morocco case with morocco title-piece.

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London, No 312,Oxford Street, Published February 1st, 1787 and February 1st, 1788. First Editions, First Issues. Landscape Folio, [305 x 430mm], Aquatints by M. C. Prestel over Etched Engravings by John Webber, in cream mounts, folding half morocco case with morocco title-piece.

Scarce Set of Webber’s ‘Unpublished’ Aquatint Views. Earliest Issues.
The four views were Webber’s first foray into the aquatint process and were separate from his later publication Views in the South Seas. Only one of the four plates appears in this later publication, A View in Pulo Condore, however, it is now coloured and there is a variation, the ‘buffalo driver’ is positioned differently, also the lettering has changed.

“A View in Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isle’s”. Drawn & Etch’d by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook’s Last Voy. Vol. I Ch. IV”. Aquatint, printed on laid paper,. Plate size 400 x 260mm,Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, Sheet size 565 x 400 mm. Joppien & Smith 3.44b

“View in Ulietea”. This is a view of a native family on a boat, the bow & stern have carvings, probably of gods, and there is a covered area housing natives, baskets & food.Native life is portrayed on the shore”. Drawn & Etch’d by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Publish’d Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook’s Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. VII”. Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked with a Dovecote. Plate size 400 x 255mm; plate, impression mark 430 x 290mm; paper size 565 x 400mm. Joppien & Smith 3.157c.

“A View in Matavai, Otaheite”. London: J. Webber, 1787. “Drawn & Etch’d by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1787 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook’s Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. II”. Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked Plate size 385 x 250mm; Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, on paper 565 x 400mm.. Joppien & Smith

3.120c, 4 known copies

“A View in Pulo Condore”. Drawn & Etch’d by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook’s Last Voy. Vol. III, Ch. X. Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked, Plate size 400 x 260mm; Impression mark 435 x 300mm; Paper size 565 x 400mm. Joppien & Smith 3.397

Joppien & Smith Art of Captain Cook’s Voyages, Yale 1988. BL, Turnbull Library, Wellington, National Library of Australia all have only a few of these plates.
Other than occasional foxing, these very scarce views are in ne untouched condition. Resolution.

On 17 January 1773, Resolution was the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle and crossed twice more on the voyage. The third crossing, on 3 February 1774, was the most southerly penetration, reaching latitude 71°10′ South at longitude 106°54′ West. Resolution thus proved Alexander Dalrymple ‘s Terra Australis Incognita to be a myth. She returned to Britain in 1775 and was then paid o .

She was recommissioned in February 1776 for Cook’s third voyage, which began on 12 July 1776, departing from Plmouth, England, during which Resolution crossed the Arctic Circle on 17 August 1778, and again crossed it on 19 July 1779, under the command of Charles Clerke after Cook’s death. She arrived back in Britain on 4 October 1780.

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