London: J. Webber, 1787-1788. This series of three views are UNPUBLISHED views by Webber. They are monochrome aquatints, a different process used in others of Webber's views. They were not published in either the extremely rare lifetime edition of "Views in the South Seas" nor the more common but still rare 1809 (1820) edition of "Views in the South Seas". They seem to have been bought together by an early collector, one being marked on the verso "3 views L 10" (sterling) in the 1950's.
1. "A View in Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isle's" is not directly recorded in Joppien & Smith, but this view with the date of Feby. 1, 1788 is obliquely referred to in the reference notes to Joppien & Smith 3.44b as a lone copy with this publication date in the British Museum, Dept. of Prints and Drawings. It could possibly be recorded as Joppien & Smith 3.44c.
"Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. I Ch. IV". Printed on laid paper, watermarked. Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, on paper 452 x 308 mm. A little dusty around edges, the top edge with some old creases and marginal tears repaired and a small bit of border added. Otherwise very good.
2. [Variant Title] "A View in Matavai, Otaheite". London: J. Webber, 1787. There were 2 earlier etchings of this view, and neither includes the name of "Matavai" in the title.
Joppien & Smith 3.120c which cites 4 known copies. "Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aqua Tinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1787 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. II". Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, on paper 480 x 333 mm. Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked. A little dusty, with an old crease in lower margin, very good overall.
3. "View in Ulietea". This is an intimate view of native life in Ulietea, French Polynesia. The foreground is filled with a native boat, the long bow & stern pieces topped with carved statues and a covered area housing natives, baskets & food. An open sided meeting house is visible on the shore with 5 natives conversing underneath. Joppien & Smith 3.157c. "Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aqua tinta by M.C. Prestel. London Publish'd Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. VII". Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked with a Dovecote. Impression mark 427 x 293 mm, on paper 470 x 335 mm. Very good condition. Item #14347