[Alaska] A Man of Prince William's Sound.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. On watermarked paper. Platemark: 280 x 210mm (11 x 8¼"). Uncut, crease across middle.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. A man, head and shoulders facing front and looking towards the viewer, wearing a fur cape and a patterned conical hat with a flattened top, tied under his chin. He has pendants hanging from his ears, with a nose ornament with beaded ends. James Cook entered Prince William Sound in 1778 and named it Sandwich Sound, after his patron the Earl of Sandwich. The editors of Cook's maps changed the name to Prince William Sound, in honor of Prince William, who would later become King William IV. John Webber (1751-93) travelled with Captain Cook on the Third Voyage (1776-80) as the Official Artist of the expedition, recording the explorer's death at the hand of Hawaiian natives.
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