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Unveiling of the Cook Statue [with] Scrapbook of material relating to statues of Captain Cook
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1879. Tall octavo, 6 pp., frontispiece, a little foxed; bound in the original black morocco binding, highly decorated in gilt [with] tall octavo scrapbook, circa 1960s, including various pieces (see below); preserved in a matching slipcase. Small collection of material relating to statues of Captain Cook, and especially Thomas Woolner's statue of Cook in Hyde Park, Sydney. Included is the rare original programme (with the bookplate of Henry White) for the unveiling of Woolner's statue, which has a transcript of Governor Sir Hercules Robinson's speech, together with a description of the proceedings.The programme is accompanied by a scrapbook of material apparently compiled during the 1960s by the historian Geoffrey Ingleton, which who not only had an enduring interest in early Australian history, but also took particular notice of statues of Cook: a collection of ephemera he gathered pertaining to Captain Thomas Watson, now in the State Library of New South Wales, also includes material relating to the Woolner statue.The scrapbook includes a selection of interesting pieces on statues of Cook, with an early carte de visite photograph and two twentieth-century photographs of the statue in Hyde Park, as well as newspaper material relating to Woolner's statue and the statue of Cook in Randwick, and a photograph of a third Cook statue in the Winter Garden at Sefton Park in Liverpool. There are also three autograph letters from the Cook biographer Arthur Kitson relating to the design of Sir Thomas Brock's statue of Captain Cook on the west side of Admiralty Arch in The Mall, London. One letter is addressed to the naval historian Commander C.N. Robinson, and as all three are on the subject of Cook's uniform, presumably they form part of Kitson's correspondence with Robinson.
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