[The Landing at Middleburgh, one of the Friendly Isles.]
Engraving, before all letters, rare proof. 230 x 480mm, 9 x 19". Vertical centre crease.
Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) in boat with small party of sailors coming ashore at Eua Island, Tonga; islanders greeting the Europeans, with HMS Resolution in background. William Hodges (1744 - 1797) joined Cook's second expedition to the South Pacific as a draughtsman 1772-75 and was employed by the Admiralty in finishing his drawings, and superintending the engraving of them, upon his return.
See NLA: 2084838.
[Ref: 18742] £280.00