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Dampier. Moskito Men, left by William Dampier. Original engraving c1790

Dampier. Moskito Men, left by William Dampier. Original engraving c1790

by Gravelot, Hubert-François

Antique print of Affecting Interview of two Moskito Men, one of whom had been left Three Years on the Island of Juan Fernandez by Captain Dampier.

During Dampier's first voyage round the world between 1679 and 1691, a Mosquito (or 'Miskito') Indian named William was marooned on Juan Fernández Island in the southern Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile. He was later rescued by Dampier. This occurred about 25 years before Alexander Selkirk's rescue from the same island.

The Mosquito come from the coast of present-day Nicaragua and Honduras, an area that was a British protectorate from 1655 to 1860. They were taken on many early British voyages, as they were revered for their prowess at catching animals and fish as food for the crews.

This is an original copperplate-engraving by Robert Pollard (1755-1838), after the drawing by French artist and engraver, Hubert-Francois Gravelot (1699-1773), for "Moore's Voyages and Travels" published in London circa 1790 by Alexander Hogg.

With wide borders all around, this page is 235 x 380mm (9.25 x 15 inches) Measurement to intaglio impression is 19 x 29cm (7.5 x 11.5 inches). There are a few tiny pieces of old cellotape at edges, otherwise it is in extremely good condition considering its age.

Stock Number: apChil.Hogg1Price: $132.00

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