A View in Oheitepeha Bay, in the Island of Otaheite.
London: 1788-92 & 1809 (1820). A tranquil view of a Tahitian bay, with a village in the distance, and mountains surrounding the scene. 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 R.A. fecit. London Pubd. Augt. 1, 1791 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voyage Vol. 2 Chap 1. Impression mark 450 x 325 mm with large margins, in excellent condition with a slightly ruffled edge. Paper watermarked "J Whatman". Joppien & Smith 3.92A.
the Boydell edition of the print, London. Pubd. April 1, 1809 (1820) by Boydell & Compy. No. 90 Cheapside. Vide Cook's Last Voyage Vol. 2 Chap 1. Colored aquatint, on paper unusually watermarked with the date 1814. Joppien & Smith 3.92b. Scattered foxing, mostly in the margin, with a light errant watercoloring mark in the title block. Coloring vibrant, overall in very nice condition. The accompanying letterpress is watermarked J. Whatman 1819, in very good condition. Item #14344