Cook’s Voyages print ‘ POULAHO, KING of the FRIENDLY ISLANDS, drinking KAVA’ (Tonga) c. 1785

$265.00 AUD

Original copperplate engraving, from an edition of ‘Cook’s Voyages’, showing the interior of a large hut with a gathering of Tongan locals, titled ‘ POULAHO, KING of the FRIENDLY ISLANDS, drinking KAVA’

Circa 1785

Visible 36x23cm

Condition: minor signs of age



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”.




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