Entertainment given to Admiral d'Entrecasteaux by Toobou King of the Friendly Islands.No. XXVI.
Pub: Apr.20.1800 by J. Debrett Piccadilly.
Copper engraving, platemark 292 x 400mm (11½ x 15¾)". Centre fold as issued;
King Toobou (ruler of the archipelago of Tonga) who entertained Admiral d'Entrecasteaux in 1793 when he stopped on his way from Van Diemen's Land. He found that the natives remembered Cook and Bligh, but knew nothing of the La Perouse. 'We walked on near a quarter of an hour in a narrow path, bounded on each side by palisades, till we reached an extensive esplanade, where King Toobou was soon to arrive [...] the natives formed a great concourse on all sides. According to our estimation, at least four thousand of them were present' ('An Account of A Voyage in search of La Perouse...Under the Command of Rear-Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux', from an edition of which this plate is taken).
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