John Hawkesworth, A New Voyage Round the World, two engraved frontispieces, the first by Paul Revere, New York: James Rivington, 1774. Estimate: $8,000 to 12,000.
Paul Revere did more than simply take a midnight ride. He was also a master silversmith, whose work quickly gained attention in Boston prior to the American Revolution. He produced many engravings with political messages—his most famous of which depicts the Boston Massacre. The first American edition of the official account of James Cook’s first voyage, recounted in John Hawkesworth’s A New Voyage Round the World includes an engraved frontispiece by Revere, and appears in the April 12th Early Printed Books auction.