Exceptional artefact from Cook’s Pacific voyages: with 56 specimens of native tapa cloth including a suite of 17 extra specimens, most of them Hawaiian by SHAW, Alexander - 1787 | Michael Reid Gallery

SHAW, Alexander
Exceptional artefact from Cook’s Pacific voyages: with 56 specimens of native tapa cloth including a suite of 17 extra specimens, most of them Hawaiian, 1787

A Catalogue of the Different Specimens of Cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook… Quarto (220 x 164 mm.), pp [8, comprising title and three leaves of descriptions], with 56 tapa cloth specimens interleaved between or tipped on 30 blank leaves, with sample numbers in manuscript 1-39; fine copy in its original publisher’s binding of sheep-backed marbled boards, preserved in a morocco- backed box.
London, Alexander Shaw, 1787.
$450,000

An exceptional and very rare artefact arising from the three voyages of James Cook in the Pacific, Alexander Shaw’s Catalogue has long been regarded as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Pacific voyage books, in which the printed text is slender compared with its large cloth specimens: samples of indigenous tapa cloth collected by Cook’s men, at times of first or very early contact with native peoples; Tahiti and the Hawaiian islands are amply represented.

In association with Hordern House.

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