Cook’s Voyages original mounted print- ‘ Portrait of POULAHO, KING of the FRIENDLY ISLANDS’, c. 1785
Original copperplate engraving, from an edition of ‘Cook’s Voyages’, showing a double portrait of two Pacific Islanders, titled below ‘ Portrait of POULAHO, KING of the FRIENDLY ISLANDS. Portrait of A WOMAN of MIDDLEBURGH, or EOONA, AN ISLAND near TONGATAROO’
also: ‘Acccurately engraved for Anderson’s LARGE FOLIO EDITION of the WHOLE of CAPTn COOKS VOYAGES & COMPLETE’
George Anderson published this version in 1784, using many different engravers to illustrate the text. As he states in the preface:
“Some other editions of these Works, unnecessarily extended to many large Volumes by loose Printing &c. and published by mercenary Persons would cost the Purchaser the enormous Sum of upwards of Twenty Guineas; so that many Thousands of Persons who would wish to peruse the valuable Discoveries so partially communicated to the World have hitherto been excluded from gratifying their eager Curiosity; but this Edition is published in only Eighty Numbers at 6d each, making when complete either One or Two Large Handsome Volumes in Folio. The Poor as well as the Rich will thus become familiarly acquainted with these extraordinary and important Voyages and Discoveries”.