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A collection of six proof plates from the John Hawkesworth edition of Cook's first voyage.
Oblong folio. Stitched into original plain paper wrappers; one plate creased where sometime folded, one other plate soiled to right margin, else very good and clean, four plates untrimmed; housed in a custom-made cloth folder with morocco lettering-piece on front cover. This small collection of plates, very rare avant la lettre (before the captions were added by the engraver) from Cook's first voyage includes nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 from the second volume of Hawkesworth's voyages, retaining broad margins and, except one, unfolded; good, deep impressions from the plates without wear. Provenance: The plates were among the property of Sir William Fowle Middleton, of Shrublands, purchased by him in 1788. His collection passed with marriage to 4th Lord de Saumarez in 1882. The proofs are now housed in a custom-made cloth folder with gilt-stamped black morocco lettering-piece on the front and comprise (given in the order of the binding): I. [A view of the Indians of Terra del Fuego in their hut] No. 1. J.B. Cipriani del. F. Bartolozzi Sculpt. 208 x 280 mm. II. [A view of the inside of a house in the island of Ulietea] No. 7. J.B. Cipriani del. F. Bartolozzi Sculpt. 255 x 360 mm. III. [A view of the island of Otaheite, with several vessels of that island] No. 4. E. Rooker Sculp. 235 x 430 mm. After a drawing by Sydney Parkinson. National Library of Australia S1679 (proof) IV. [A view in the island of Ulietea with a double canoe and a boathouse] No. 3. E. Rooker Sculp. 235 x 490 mm. After a drawing by Sydney Parkinson. V. [A view in the island Otaheite] no. 5. W. Woollett Sculp. 235 x 360 mm. After a drawing by Sydney Parkinson. Not in Fagin; National Library of Australia S1686 (proof). VI. [A view in the island of Huaheine; with Ewharre no Eatue, in the House of God] No. 6. W. Woollett Sculp. 235 x 360 mm. Fagin LXXXI.III. These proof copies represent an embryonic stage of the book production of the Voyages and might have been sent either to the printer to link the captions with the text, or they were produced for the engravers and draughtsmen to see the printed results for themselves before adding the final 'finishing touches' to the copperplates.
      [Bookseller: Henry Southern Ltd.]
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