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PIRINGER, B. - Vue de l'Ile Maréa une des Iles des Amis dans la mer du Sud.

PIRINGER, B. - Vue de l'Ile Maréa une des Iles des Amis dans la mer du Sud.
Vue de l'Ile Maréa une des Iles des Amis dans la mer du Sud. - PIRINGER, B.
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Title : Vue de l'Ile Maréa une des Iles des Amis dans la mer du Sud..
Map maker : PIRINGER, B..
Date : Paris, 1789.
Size : 19.7 x 26.3 inches. / 50.0 x 66.8 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Beautifully engraved French view from a series of four. The views are supposedly based on John Cleveley’s work, which in turn has been said to be based on drawings by John’s brother James. James Cleveley was ship’s carpenter on the Resolution on Cook’s third voyage. These spectacular prints are assuredly among the more magnificent, idealistic images of the Pacific ever created. All show the Discovery and Resolution at anchor surrounded by fabulously exotic landscapes, large-scale views that were not present in the official accounts or other publications connected with the third voyage.
These prints introduced many Europeans to an area of the world that was just barely beginning to be understood and appreciated. French interest in Cook’s voyages and other explorations ran high, and translations of many works relating to his voyages were quickly made into French after their initial publications elsewhere. These beautiful, faithful renderings of the original English prints are manifestations of that continued interest among the citizens of England’s greatest oceanic rival.

References, see also: Beaglehole III, pp. ccxiv (brief mention of the prints). O’Reilly-Reitman 9980. For more on aquatint and Cleveley, see Prideaux, Aquatint Engraving, pp. 81, 84, 182. (4 prints)
Condition : Copper-engraved aquatint, contemporary hand coloring. Good impression, printed on heavy paper.

ID: 31878

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