Auction 124, Lot 710

"[Lot of 3] Chart of the Society Isles Discovered by Captn. Cook 1769 [and] Christmas Island... [and] Views on the Coast of Asia", Cook/Hogg

Subject: Tahiti

Period: 1784 (circa)

Publication: A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…

Color: Black & White

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The copper engravings from A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… Edited by George William Anderson and published by Alexander Hogg in London, 1784-86. Cook's discoveries in the Pacific formulate the final chapter in 18th Century exploration. These engravings provide a delightful view of the discoveries, people and customs of the Pacific region.

An attractive group of maps showing areas in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean discovered by Captain Cook on his journeys.

1) Chart of the Society Isles Discovered by Captn. Cook is dated 1769 and features the Leeward group of the Society Islands (Tahiti), Tupai, Maupiti, Bora Bora, Tahaa and Huahine with all the harbors named. There is some faint foxing (13.75 x 8.5").
2) Christmas Island... is a chart of the island of Kiritimati in the Pacific Ocean, discovered by Cook on Christmas Eve, 1777. At that time it was uninhabited, it is now populated by Gilbertese, a Micronesian people who take their name from another British sea captain, Thomas Gilbert, who explored the group in 1788. Engraved by T. Bowen. There is faint irregular toning (11.7 x 8.5").
3) Views on the Coast of Asia shows six coastal views of the Siberian coast and the Kamschatka Peninsula. There are a few light spots and one tear that just enters the top neatline (13.8 x 8.4").

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Condition: B+

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Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 5/7/2008

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