National Hat Day 2016

In honour of National Hat Day - 2016 (Today), we thought we’d show you a few examples, from our collection, of some of the first recorded hats worn by our Arctic ancestors in 1784.  Although the hats featured herewithin were worn at different times of the year, we sure are thankful to the milliners of the world for the evolution of hat-making; on a cold winter’s day, like today, in Montreal!


These prints were drawn by John Webber to accompany the text of the exploratory voyage taken and recorded by Captain James Cook; whilst traveling around the Pacific Ocean during the years 1776-1780 and recorded in the following publication.  They are original antique prints taken from the book published in 1784.


Voyage to the the Pacific Ocean, undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's ship the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780.' In three volumes. 1784


Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London: 1784.

A Man of Prince William's Sound - Captain James Cook - 1784

A Man of Prince William's Sound. - Lower Left: J. Webber del.  Lower Right: J. Basire sculpt.  Upper Right: 46. - John Webber - J. Basire -  - Captain James Cook.  In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S.  Edited by Dr John Douglas, Canon of Windsor and St. Paul's. - Voyage to the the Pacific Ocean, undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's ship the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780.' In three volumes. 1784 - Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXIV - London - 1784 - S1-10b

 A Man of Oonalashka - Captain James Cook - 1784

A Man of Oonalashka. - Lower Left: J. Webber del.  Lower Right: W. Sharp sc.  Upper Right: 48. - John Webber - W. Sharp -  - Captain James Cook.  In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S.  Edited by Dr John Douglas, Canon of Windsor and St. Paul's. - Voyage to the the Pacific Ocean, undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's ship the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780.' In three volumes. 1784 - Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXIV - London - 1784 - S1-13b

A Woman of Nootka Sound - Captain James Cook - 1784

A Woman of Nootka Sound. - Lower Left: J. Webber del.  Lower Right: W. Sharp sculp.  Upper Right: 39. - John Webber - W. Sharp -  - Captain James Cook.  In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S.  Edited by Dr John Douglas, Canon of Windsor and St. Paul's. - Voyage to the the Pacific Ocean, undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's ship the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780.' In three volumes. 1784 - Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXIV - London - 1784 - S1-14b

Caps of the Natives of Oonalashka - Captain James Cook - 1784

Caps of the Natives of Oonalashka.  - Lower Left: J. Webber del.  Lower Right: J. Record, sculpt.  Upper Right: 56. - John Webber - J. Record -  - Captain James Cook.  In Three Volumes. Vol. I and II written by James Cook, F.R.S. Vol. III by Captain James King, LL.D. and F.R.S.  Edited by Dr John Douglas, Canon of Windsor and St. Paul's. - Voyage to the the Pacific Ocean, undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke and Gore, in His Majesty's ship the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780.' In three volumes. 1784 - Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, bookseller to his Majesty, in the Strand and T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXIV - London - 1784 - S1-4


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