Views in the South Seas, from Drawings, by the late James Webber, draftsman on board the Resolution, Captain James Cooke, from the year 1776 to 1780...
- London: Boydell & Co., Printed by W. Bulmer & Co., 1808 [but ca. 1820].
- Abbey Travel 595; Tooley 501; Bobins 336.
Folio, fresh half black morocco over fresh brightly coloured marbled boards, spine relaid in gilt; 16 hand coloured aquatint plates, frontispiece, plate of descriptive text to accompany each plate. Bookplate of 'John Ledyard Phillips' to front pastedown. Webber created Pacific and east Indies views between 1788 and 1792; these were republished posthumously by Boydell as 'Views in the South Seas'. The text in this work consists mainly of quotations from the official account of Cook's third voyage. Title page in all works is dated 1808, but plate imprints are dated April, 1809, and watermark dates vary from copy to copy. Webber had been trained as an artist in Berne and Paris, then returning to London. He produced a remarkable body of work to illustrate Cook's third voyage, and supervised the engraving. Plates include; Queen Charlotte's Sound in NZ, the Friendly Islands, Cracatoa, Otahaite, Taloo, Kamtchatka and Macao. Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool (Ronnorn@aol.com)
Coloured plates in order:
1. Frontispiece. Boats of the Friendly Islands.
2. View in Queen Charlotte's Sound, New Zealand.
3. A Sailing Canoe of Otahaite.
4. The Plantain Tree in the Island of Cracatoa.
5. A view in Oheitepeha Bay in the Island of Otaheite.
6. Waheiadooa, Chief of Oheitepeha, lying in state.
7. View of the Harbour of Taloo, in the Island of Eimeo.
8. A Toopapaoo of a Chief, with a Priest making his offering to the Morai, in Huoheine.
9. The Resolution beating through the Ice, with the Discovery in the most eminent danger in the distance.
10. The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens in Kamtschatka.
11. Balagans, or Summer Habitations, with the method of Drying Fish at St. Peter & Paul, Kamtschatka.
12. View in Macao, including the Residence of Camoens, [Portuguese poet] when he wrote the Lusiad.
13. View in Macao.
14. A view in the Island of Pulo Condor.
15. View in the Island of Cracatoa.
16. The Fan Palm in the Island of Cracatoa.