Allegory to James Cook and other explorers


W.M. Craig.  Frontispiece to Volume I of Malte-Brun’s Universal Geography.  Boston: Samuel Walker, 1834.  Ca. 8 x 7.  Engraving by J.B. Neagle.  Very good condition.


A handsome allegory to Captain James Cook from Malte-Brun’s Universal Geography.  The Roman goddesses of Minerva (commerce) and Fortuna (prosperity), along with a figure of Glory, honor the medallions of a number of explorers including Columbus, La Perouse, Dampier, and James Cook most prominent.  A list of his discoveries lies on the ground and a ship and light house can be seen in the rear.