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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, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description London : Now properly arrainged printed for Alexander Shaw ..., 1787 
[3], 8, [24] leaves of col. samples ; 23 cm. (4to) 
Notes

Copies contain various number of samples of cloth tipped-in or loosely inserted.

Library's FERG copy quarter-bound in brown leather with faded marbled boards; partial fleur de lys watermark and watermark dates of 1804; Ferguson Collection bookplate tipped in on first free end paper; 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." pasted on the verso of the front cover.

Library's SRq COOK 14 copy (SR1 copy) is an altered copy re-bound subsequent to publication (quarter-bound in green leather with five raised bands, marbled boards, edges and endpapers). 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 inserted has this copy listed as item 655 and indicates prior ownership by Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, F.R.S. (1780-1851). Contains 59 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, M.R.C.S, L.M., L.R.C.P. (1839-1909) and dated 1880. Quarter-bound in brown leather with grey papered boards; no watermarks. 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.

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.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-91877025

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 Beaufoy, Henry Benjamin Hanbury 1780-1851 former owner  |  Ferguson, John Alexander 1881-1969 former owner  |  Smart, John Naish Smart 1839-1909 former owner  |  Nan Kivell, Rex 1898-1977 former owner  |  Alexander Shaw (Bookseller)
Also Titled

Spine title: Cook cloth 1787

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FERG/7143
Copy: Ferguson collection copy
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SR COOK 44
Copy: SR2 hbk
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SRq COOK 14
Copy: SR1 hbk
Special Collections Reading Room
PIC Volume 569 #A40009211/1-39
Copy: [NK copy]
Special Collections Reading Room

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