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16 August 2018 - Captain Cook and the Endeavour Voyages
This is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage of discovery aboard HMS Endeavour with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists. The expedition was an incredible success, during which Cook and his men initiated the first European contact with Eastern Australia, mapped New Zealand and accurately observed the transit of Venus. The three year voyage revealed unprecedented information about the lands, peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific to European eyes, and set new standards for cartography, scientific enquiry and exploration.The 1st class stamp showing Cook includes detail from a painting Triumph of the Navigators by marine artist Robin Brooks, who kindly agreed to sign five covers exclusively for Norvic Philatelics. Also included is a Black Dog Studios card showing a larger picture of the Endeavour with a description on the reverse.We are now offering some of these covers with a donation of £10 for each cover being sent to the local Caister Lifeboat, a local service independent of the RNLI.
2nd class: depict Joseph Banks, with Phaethon rubricauda (red-tailed tropicbird)
by Sydney Parkinson and Passiflora aurantia (red passion flower); and Chief Mourner of Tahiti and a scene with a canoe by the artist of the Chief Mourner.
1st class: Captain James Cook by Nathaniel Dance, Triumph of the Navigators by Robin Brooks; and Drawings of the observations of the transit of Venus, 1769, by Charles Green and Lieutenant James Cook alongside photograph of a sextant
£1.45: a portrait of a Maori Chief with full facial moko, engraving after Sydney Parkinson and Clianthus puniceus (scarlet clianthus) by Sydney Parkinson; and Volatinia jacarina (blue-black grassquit) by Sydney Parkinson & Sydney Parkinson selfportrait.