A Flatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. On watermarked paper. Platemark: 255 x 400mm (10 x 15¾"). Uncut. Very slight creasing.
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. An exterior view of a 'mala'e' or meeting ground, surrounded by trees and thatched roof buildings. A man can be seen carrying bunches of bananas across the mala'e, and a group of people are seated and standing in one of the small buildings in the foreground to the left. 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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