Extremely rare. The plates are engraved by George Cooke (1781-1834), engraver and print-publisher, after Hodges, Webber, Lesueur, and other voyage artists. The collection was subsequently used to illustrate Pinkerton’s General Collection of the best & most interesting Voyages & Travels (1808-1814). The plates are titled as follows: Church at Batavia; View in the Island of Rotterdam; Crater on the Island of Amsterdam; Dory Harbour, New Guinea; Hippah, New Zealand; Interior of a Hippah, New Zealand; Burmah Temple at Prince of Wales’s Island; Isle of Bourou; Island of Otaheite; Dance in the Friendly Isles; Town of St James, St Helena; Three Mamelles Mountains; Port Napoleon; Mountain des Callebasses; View on Great River; Bason des Chites; Fall of the River des Roches; View near the River des Roches; View near the River d’Abord; Sea Horses; Christmas Harbour; Governor’s Castle, Madeira; Jesuits’ College, Madeira; Resolution Bay, Marquesas; A Fiatooka, or Morai, in Tongataboo; View of Sydney and the Mouth of the Parramatta; A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands.
Landscape 4to, title, list of plates and 26 copper-engraved plates, original stiff paper buff wrappers, titled to upper within a decorative boarder, green cloth spine; very occasional light spotting to some plates, with very occasional small closed tears to margin; overall a fine copy preserved in a dark green cloth box, with black morocco label to upper board.