London: 1788-92 & 1809 (1820). This view of Taloo Harbor on Moorea, French Polynesia, depicts the Discovery & Resolution at anchor, with many native watercraft, and some of Cook's crew on shore. It is offered here in two versions; a Lifetime issue & the Boydell issue. The extremely rare life time edition was self-published by Webber and Sir Maurice Holmes states in his "Captain James Cook RN FRS, A Bibliographical Excursion" (1952) that the original drawings were "etched and coloured by himself". It is a soft ground etching tinted in brown and grey wash by Webber himself. J. Webber fecit. London Pubd. July 1, 1789 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voyage Vol. II Chap V. Impression mark 450 x 320 mm with large margins, a couple of small foxing spots at sky border but overall in excellent condition. Paper watermarked "J Whatman". Joppien & Smith 3.138A.
the Boydell edition of the print, London. Pubd. April 1, 1809 (1820) by Boydell & Compy. No. 90 Cheapside. Vide Cook's Last Voyage Vol. II Ch. V. Colored aquatint, on paper watermarked J. Whatman 1820. Joppien & Smith 3.138b. The accompanying letterpress is watermarked C. Wilmott 1819. Text with faint offsetting o/w both in very good condition. Item #14343