Friday, 1 June 2012

Tapa cloth books collected during the voyages of Captain Cook

If you were intrigued by the image of the tapa cloth book included two posts ago, then read on …

Housed in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Central Library is one of thirty surviving, individually distinct copies of ‘A catalogue of the different specimens of cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook’.  London: Printed for Alexander Shaw, 1787.

Ref: 7-C1922, Sir George Grey Special Collections
For more information, check out Real Gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries.

Other copies can be found at the Alexander Turnbull Library and the British Museum.

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