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A catalogue of the different specimens of cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook, to the southern hemisphere : with a particular account of the manner of manufacturing the same in the various islands of the south seas ; partly extracted from Mr. Anderson and Reinhold Forster's observations, and the verbal account of some of the most knowing of the navigators : with some anecdotes that happened to them among the natives
Bib ID 888678
Format BookBook
Description London : Now properly arrainged printed for Alexander Shaw ..., 1787 
[3], 8, [24] leaves of col. samples ; 23 cm. (4to) 
Biography/History

Bark cloth, or tapa, was traditionally produced throughout the islands of the South Pacific from the bark of trees such as the paper mulberry or breadfruit tree. Cloth was produced in distinctive artistic and cultural styles for both functional and ceremonial purposes.

Notes

Copies contain various number of samples of cloth tipped-in.

Library's FERG copy has Ferguson Collection bookplate tipped in on first free end paper. Pasted on the verso of the front cover is a clipping from a bookseller's catalogue describing the work, with a ms. note stating, "As a rule this book contains 38 or 39 specimens but this copy has 56." Quarter-bound in brown leather with faded marbled boards.

Library's SRq COOK 14 copy (SR1 copy) is an altered copy bound subsequent to publication (quarter-bound in green leather with five raised bands). The text pages have been removed from their original octavo binding and tipped into quarto pages of cream art paper watermarked 'Michallet'. Bookseller's catalogue description loosely inserted at p. 13 has it listed as item 635 and indicates prior ownership by Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, F.R.S. (1780-1851). Contains 52 samples.

Library's SR COOK 44 copy (SR2 copy) is stamped 'Parliament of the Commonwealth Library' and accessioned 24869, 13 September 1910; also embossed 'Commonwealth National Library'; inscribed by previous owner, John Naish Smart, F.R.M.S. [1839-1909] and dated 1880. Quarter-bound in brown leather with grey papered boards. Contains 38 samples.

NLA PIC copy [Nan Kivell collection - NK36] is quarter-bound in brown leather with cloth covers; includes an inscription: "From the Bishop of Honululu Sep. 20th 1868" above one of the 39 samples. Spine title: Cook cloth 1787.

A40009211 NK36 (39 samples); A40009033 FERG7143 (56 samples); A40009041 910.9 (48 samples); A4000905X 910.4 (52 samples)

Cited In

Beddie, M.K. Cook (2nd ed), 3640.

Forbes, 139

Holmes, 67

ESTC t144279.

Subjects Cook, James, - 1728-1779 - Travel - Oceania.  |  Tapa - Oceania - Early works to 1800.  |  Textile fabrics - Oceania - Early works to 1800.  |  Textile fabrics - Specimens.
Other authors/contributors Alexander Shaw (Bookseller)
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Spine title: Cook cloth 1787

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    Details Collect From
    FERG/7143
    Copy: Ferguson collection copy
    Petherick Reading Room (Australian Rare or Fragile)
    SR COOK 44
    Copy: SR2 hbk
    Petherick Reading Room (Australian Rare or Fragile)
    SRq COOK 14
    Copy: SR1 hbk
    Petherick Reading Room (Australian Rare or Fragile)
    PIC Volume 569
    Copy: [NK copy]
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