Rendel-Short, Francesca (editor)
Title Cook & Omai: The Cult of the South Seas
Book Condition Very Good
Size Large 0ctavo
Publisher Canberra National Library of Australia 2001
Seller ID 005834
66 pp. Light scuffing to illustrated covers. Upper front corner bumped and curled. Internally as new. Gatefold flaps. Essays to accompany the exhibition. Colour illustrations throughout. "The journey of one man across half the world, from his home in Tahiti to 1770s London and then back again, provides us with a key to understanding the significance of Cook's three Pacific voyages and the cultural milieu in which they took place. Mai, better known as Omai, was discussed by scientists and philosophers, introduced to all the best circles and written about in everything from poetry to pornography. The legacy of Omai's encounter with Europe reveals a culture in a moment of transition, when old certainties were collapsing and new ones were yet to form."