"Carte des Isles des Amis", Bonne, Rigobert
Period: 1785 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Encyclopedique
Color: Black & White
13 x 8.3 inches
33 x 21.1 cm
This elegantly engraved small chart depicts the Kingdom of Tonga, also known as the Friendly Islands, and one of the last hereditary monarchies. Cook named this group the Friendly Islands due to the generous reception he and his crew received on their journey. The route of Cook's ship, the Resolution, in 1774 is noted, with soundings, hazards, and anchorages. A splendid compass rose orients the chart with north to the left.
A very good impression on a strong sheet with a few faint spots.