Title: Homme de la Nou.le Zelande. – Femme de la Nouvelle Zélande.
Original engravings from the time as listed, not a later 1800 edition.
Origin one of the first editions of : Voyage das L’Hemisphere Austral, et autour du Monde, fait sur les Vaisseaux de Roi, L, Aventure & la Resolution… Ecrit par Jacques Cook, Commedant de la Resolution…
Engraved by Robert Bernard, (First engraver after the sketches and paintings of locations by William Hodges he visited on that voyage with Cook. In three voyages James Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions. James Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him.