Captain Cook.From an original Picture by Dance... Under the Superintendance of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
London, Published by Charles Knight, Pall Mall East. [n.d., c.1830.]
Stipple engraving, sheet 270 x 180mm. 10½ x 7".
James Cook (1728 - 1779). The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Cook learned his seamanship on small East-coast traders. Although only a warrant officer, he was chosen to command the Endeavour in 1768. He made three important voyages of discovery to the South and North Pacific - charting land, sea and stars - and was the first British captain to land in Australia. He was killed in Hawaii during a skirmish. After Nathaniel Dance Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811). The original portrait was commissioned by the explorer Sir Joseph Banks and was praised as an excellent likeness. For a publication of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, which aimed to provide inexpensive scientific and similarly high-minded texts to the rapidly-expanding reading public. Founded in 1826 it continued until 1848.
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