Auction 124, Lot 712

"A Chart of New South Wales, or the East Coast of New Holland. Discovered and Explored by Lieutenant J. Cook, Commander of his Majesty's Bark Endeavor, in the Year MDCCLXX", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Australia

Period: 1773 (dated)

Publication: Account of the Voyages Undertaken ... in the Southern Ocean

Color: Black & White

30.8 x 14.3 inches
78.2 x 36.3 cm

This is the first published chart of the east coast of Australia from Captain James Cook's first Pacific voyage in1768-71. The map shows the routes of the Endeavor with names bestowed by Cook, including Botany Bay, which was named for the large quantities of plants located there. The chart is oriented with north to the right by a delicate fleur-de-lis and soundings are located along the route. Engraved by W. Whitchurch and published by James Hawksworth.

References: Tooley (MCC-64) #325.

Condition: B+

A sound example with folds as issued, and one intersectional separation reinforced on the verso with tissue. There is a faint spot in the lower part of the map.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 5/7/2008