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Endeavour River on the Coast of New Holland. c1790

Endeavour River on the Coast of New Holland. c1790

by Cook, Captain James

Mounted small antique print of Captain Cook's Endeavour aground for repairs.
View of Endeavour River on the Coast of New Holland, where Captn. Cook had the Ship laid on Shore & repaired.

Original copperplate engraving by J.G. Wooding after the drawing by Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771), from Captain Cook's voyage up the east coast of Asutralia, when Endeavour was careened for repairs near present day Cooktown, after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef - which Cook named The Labrinth on his navigational chart during his discovery of the east coast of Australia (New Holland) in 1770. The Endeavour, a converted collier, was chosen by Cook because of it's flat-bottomed design which allowed it to sail in shallow waters.

Where is it now? The bark chosen by Cook for one of the most celebrated voyages, was sold in 1775, renamed Lord Sandwich (after the First Lord of the Admiralty), used to transport British & Hessians (German supporting troops) to the American war for independence, was a prison ship in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island, and then was scuttled as part of the blockade against the French Navy.

This fine antique print was published in London by Alexander Hogg at the Kings Arms, No.16 Paternoster Row for the pocket-size edition of The Account of the Voyages of Captain Cook. This is one of the best-known illustrations of Cook's voyage to Australia. (The second best-known is the earliest engraving of the Kanguroo, as sketched during Cook's voyage.)

Fine condition except that the end of the title is slightly damaged and it is close-cropped to the image. As published, the page size is 130 x 215mm (5 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches). This lovely engraving is mounted between 'antique white' conservation ragmat and covered with cellophane for protection until framed.

Stock Number: apCookEndeav-smPrice: $750.00