Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay and Hyde Parkā€¦
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay and Hyde Park

Sydney: 1871, 1879, & 1899, 1899.

Three ephemeral pieces preserved in a handsome folding calf solander case.

The Botany Bay and Hyde Park memorials

An interesting group of ephemera relating to the commemoration of Captain Cook at Kurnell and the unveiling of the Thomas Woolner statue in Hyde Park.

An interesting group of ephemera relating to the commemoration of Captain Cook at Kurnell and the unveiling of the Thomas Woolner statue in Hyde Park.

1. "Captain Cook's Landing in Botany Bay, with Fac-simile of Cook's Chart… Extracted from The Illustrated Sydney News and Sydney Morning Herald", Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard, and Co., n.d. but 1871. Square octavo, 12 pp., a few spots, modern bookplate and owner's stamp, owner's name torn away from front wrapper, not affecting text; printed chart and engraving, very good. Shows the obelisk erected by Thomas Holt at Cook's landing place, as well as a version of Cook's chart of Botany Bay. The text has long quotes from Cook's journals, as well as epigraphs from the poetry of Barron Field; this must be one of the earliest printings of any section of Cook's original journals. Rare: held in National Library and State Library of New South Wales (Beddie, 3045).

2. "Unveiling of the Cook Statue. Procession and Ceremony, Tuesday, 25 February, 1879", Sydney, Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1879. Octavo, with photographic frontispiece of the Cook memorial, 6pp and a programme of the ceremony, 1pp; presentation binding to the Hon. Sir J. Robertson, full morocco, elaborately gilt. A commemorative programme on the unveiling of the Cook statue in Hyde Park. Sculpted by Thomas Woolner and erected on the centenary of Cook's death. There had been interest in erecting a national monument to Cook, but it was not until Henry Parkes intervened, writing to Woolner in 1874 requesting a design that the project was assured. This is a presentation copy to the Vice-President of the Legislative Council Sir John Robertson (dubbed humorously the Knight of Clovelly). Robertson held five terms as Premier and with Henry Parkes was instrumental in legislative and land reform.

3. "Dedication of Captain Cook's Landing Place. Kurnell, Botany Bay, Saturday, 6th May, 1899", Sydney, Department of Lands, November 1899. Small octavo, 74 pp., folding plate of the landing place, frontispiece, folding chart of Botany Bay, illustrated, bookplate; in original dark roan with gilt lettering. Attractive souvenir on the anniversary of Cook's landing at Botany Bay (Kurnell Point) by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Frederick Darley with a lengthy biographical sketch of Cook by Alfred McFarland and printing a commemorative poem by the Rev Yarrington. (Beddie, 3053).

Provenance: From the collection of Donald H. Graham, with his bookplate.

Price (AUD): $2,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504964