La Harpe, Jean-Francois de (1739-1803): Monuments dans l’Isle de Paques.
Paris 1780 (1820-1821-1825)
copper engraved plate; overall 26 x 39 cm; plate 23,5 x 37 cm. fold as issued; thick paper; evenly toned; some slight superficial abrasion; o/w exc. cond.
This plate is from La Harpe’s ‘Abrege de l’Histoire Generale des Voyages...’, an abridged version of Prevost’s ‘Histoire Generale des Voyages..’. The plate is engraved by Benard and shows a landscape with rocks and vegetation and one of the iconic statutes of the Easter Island, called moai, with a human skeleton in the foreground. Views of Easter Island are seldom found and are of interest to any traveller or academic.
Easter Island was discovered by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday (5 April) in 1722; in 1774, British explorer James Cook visited Easter Island.
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