[Alaska] The Inside of of a House, in Oonalashka.
[London: Nicol & Cadell, n.d., c.1785.]
Engraving with very large margins. On watermarked paper. Platemark: 255 x 400mm (10 x 15¾").
A plate from 'Cook's Voyage to the Pacific'. An interior view depicting a room with an apex roof built of logs and covered with thick fronds, with open sections in the top. A man can be seen climbing a tree-trunk in which steps have been cut, through one of the openings and families gathered under the eaves on either side, with household objects including baskets and woven cloths. 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.
[Ref: 34333] £180.00