Auction 135, Lot 30

"The World Including the Discoveries, made by Capt. Cook", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: World

Period: 1781 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 10.5 inches
45.2 x 26.7 cm

Attractive double-hemisphere world map depicting the voyages and discoveries of Captain James Cook. Alaska is shown with a fairly correct shape with a notation along its northern coastline, "according to the Japanese." The Sandwich Islands are shown and noted as the place where Capt. Cook was killed. The South Pacific is filled with islands and New Zealand is fully formed. Tasmania is still attached to Australia, which is shown with an unexplored coastline between Lewins Land and Diemens Land. There are numerous notations throughout and the tracks of Cook's three voyages. An inset of the North Pole, showing a less developed Alaska, is tucked between the hemispheres at bottom with the title cartouche balancing the composition at top.


Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened with some minor creasing and repairs on fold intersections.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/16/2011