London: Nicol & Cadell, 1784. Near Fine. First Edition. [Illus. 9.125x7in on 21.75x15in Sheet]; Plate 39 from Nicol & Cadell, 1784, printed with J. Webber del on bottom left and W. Sharp sculp on bottom right; Some age toning to sheet along edges with several soil spots and small closed tears on edges not affecting darker print. Pencil signature on verso of appears to be W. L. V. Bayly [Beddie 1543 and 1743]. Item #13482
John Webber (1752-1793) was the official artist that accompanied Captain Cook on the third voyage of the Resolution and Discovery, 1776-1780. This voyage was to the islands of the Pacific, Australia, the Pacific Northwest America, Alaska, Kamchatka and Hawaii. In Hawaii, Cook was killed in a misunderstanding with the natives at Kealakekua Bay.
From the National Maritime Museum, " Cook's traveled to Nootka Sound (King George's Sound), Vancouver Island, on the north-west coast of America between March 29-April 26th, 1778. It is noted that Webber, in representing indigenous people, tended to see the ethnic type rather than the individual.