Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay. COOK MEMORIAL.
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay

Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay…
Three rare pieces relating to Cook's memorial at Kurnell, Botany Bay

Sydney: various dates, 1871, 1881, &, 1899.

Three ephemeral pieces, a hand-lettered illuminated address and two publications; preserved in a handsome folding calf box.

The Botany Bay memorial

An interesting group of three rare pieces of ephemera relating to the commemoration of Captain Cook at Kurnell and including important pieces relating to Thomas Holt's obelisk, built in 1871. The highlight of the group is undoubtedly the manuscript illuminated presentation address to HRH Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, on the occasion of his visit in 1881.

An interesting group of three rare pieces of ephemera relating to the commemoration of Captain Cook at Kurnell and including important pieces relating to Thomas Holt's obelisk, built in 1871. The highlight of the group is undoubtedly the manuscript illuminated presentation address to HRH Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, on the occasion of his visit in 1881.
The prince was, at the time of his visit to Australia, second-in-line to the throne, but predeceased both Victoria and his father Edward VII. Scandal surrounds his murky death in 1891, and he remains a popular - if unlikely - candidate for Jack the Ripper. As this small group shows, the second half of the nineteenth-century saw Kurnell become the focus of the burgeoning fascination with Cook.
1. "Presented to His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward by the Honorable Thomas Holt… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook Botany. 9th August 1881". Quarto illuminated address folded to 4 pp. booklet, a few spots but fine, hand-drawn and coloured, lettering heightened in gilt. Presentation address with hand-drawn view of the memorial. Ornamental borders by Mrs Forde of Sydney, and the address illuminated by George Relph.
2. "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).
3. "Dedication of Captain Cook's Landing Place. Kurnell, Botany Bay", Sydney, Department of Lands, November 1899. Small octavo, folding plate of the landing place, frontispiece, folding chart of Botany Bay, illustrated, bookplate; in dark roan with gilt lettering, scuffed at spine. Attractive souvenir of the grand opening of the Kurnell monument to Captain Cook by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Frederick Darley (Beddie, 3053).

Price (AUD): $4,950.00  other currencies     Ref: #3712617