Rare Old Antique Print/proa of Hawaii / Virtual Print Fair


Title: [Old antique print of Hawaii] Praauw van de Sandwich's Eilanden, met gemaskerde roeijers.
Author: Cook, Capt. J.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1795-1803.
Description: Captain James Cook (1728-79), explorer, circumnavigator and hydrographer. Three voyages, 1768-71, 1772-75 and 1776-79. From 1778 on printed editions of ' Captain Cook's Travels' appeared in English, Italian, French and Dutch. On his third voyage (1776- 1779) Cook caught the first sight of the Hawaiian islands on November 26, 1778 and left the archipelago on the 15th of March,1778, to return in February of 1779, where he was killed in a skirmish on February 14th.A Hawaiian proa, rowed by masked oarmen transporting a priest who is carrying a feather-covered image of Kukailimoku, the Hawaiian god of war. The priests and paddlers are all wearing gourd masks, and their double-hulled canoe is rigged with a woven sail. Double-hulled or single-hulled outrigger canoes were the primary form of transportation in Polynesian Hawaii. The smaller canoes, like the one depicted here, were shaped from a single, great koa log harvested from upcountry rainforests where they were carved before being hauled to the coast. From a Dutch edition of ‘Cook's voyages'.
Dimensions: 225 x 265 mm
Colouring: uncoloured
Condition: good
  • Number: 1011264 (3834)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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