New Zealand Print, Maori Head tattoos Voyages James Cook 1774
Title: New Zealand Maori Head tattooed.plate 44.
This is an original engraving 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 plates and maps numbered almost half double-page or folding)
Engraved by Robert Bernard.dir(ex) page 270 (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.