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Hawaii Kealakekua Bay. Vessels of Cook. Antique print. c1835

Hawaii Kealakekua Bay. Vessels of Cook. Antique print. c1835

by D'Urville, Dumont

Vaisseaux de Cook. Vessels of Cook at Karakakooa Bay, Owhyee where Captain Cook died on February 14th 1779 after challenging the Hawaiian natives over a stolen boat.

Fine steel engraving for Dumont D'Urville's Voyages Pittoresque Autour de Monde (Picturesque Voyages around the World), published in Paris in 1834-5. This interesting work contained information and engravings from the voyages of discoveries of Magellan, Tasman, Dampier, Anson, Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Bougainville, Cook, Laperouse, G. Bligh, Vancouver, D'Entrecasteaux, Wilson, Baudin, Flinders, Krunsenstern, Porter, Kotzebue, Freycinet, Bellinghausen, Basil Hall, Duperrey, Paulding, Beechey, Dumont d'Urville, Lutke, Dillon, Laplace, B.Morrel, and others.

Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), was physically weak but an industrious student who loved botany and entomology, learned many foreign languages, and was captivated by news of discoveries from around the world. He became a naval officer and explorer, and ultimately, a Rear Admiral.

From 1822 to 1825, with Lieutenant Louis Isidore Duperrey in command of Coquille, D'Urville explored the Pacific - including Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. On his first voyage he named hundreds of new botanical specimens, and insects. Because of his good memory and capacity for languages, he also acquired a knowledge of native dialects around Polynesia and Melanesia. Dumont d'Urville and differentiated and named the groups of Pacific islands. From 1826 to 1829 D'Urville returned to the Pacific in command of Coquille, renamed Astrolabe in honour of La Perouse whose ships had not returned to France.

This engraving has slight creasing top right outside image. This part-page measures 125 x 175 mm (approx.5 x 7 inches). Engraved image measures 95 x 120mm (3.75 x 4.75 inches). The engraving has been nicely hand-tinted with watercolour at some time since publication.

Stock Number: apPac.durv2Price: $55.00