Tapa cloth from the Cook Voyages

An exceptional and very rare artefact arising from the three voyages of James Cook in the Pacific, Alexander Shaw’s Catalogue has long been regarded as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Pacific voyage books, in which the printed text is slender compared with its large cloth specimens: samples of indigenous tapa cloth collected by Cook’s men, at times of first or very early contact with native peoples; Tahiti and the Hawaiian islands are amply represented. This is an example of one of very few copies to contain an additional series of 17 specimens, mostly of Hawaiian manufacture.