Natives of Vanikoro Island, antique print Honegger 1850
Title: Kleidund der bewohner von Vanikoro
Antique print of the natives of Vanikoro, Santa Cruz Islands.
French explorer Jean-François de La Pérouse was stranded on Vanikoro after both his vessels, La Boussole and the Astrolabe, struck the then unknown reefs of the island in 1788.
It is reported that some of the men were killed by the local inhabitants, while the surviving sailors built a smaller vessel and left the island, but were never seen again. Those that remained on the island died before search parties arrived in 1826. Jules Verne dedicates a chapter of his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to this event
Antique Lithograph print by Honegger. Engraving is Absolutely Guaranteed authentic. A Certificate of Authenticity will be on request forwarded for each individual map or print.
Sheet app.: 24 x 31 cm. 9.5 x 13.5 inches. Condition: Very good.