James Cook [facsimile autograph.]
Fisher, Son, & Co. London, & Paris [n.d., c.1850.]
Engraving, frontispiece?, sheet 260 x 195mm. 10¼ x 7¾".
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.
[Ref: 19244] £65.00