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Auction 144, Lot 281

"Plan de la Baye de l'Aventure sur la Terre Van-Diemen", Cook/Benard

Subject: Tasmania

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: Troisieme Voyage de Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique…

Color: Black & White

7.9 x 9.8 inches
20.1 x 24.9 cm
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This chart shows Adventure Bay on Bruny Island off the south coast of Tasmania, with north oriented to the bottom of the sheet. There is good detail of the topography of the land, as well as depth soundings and a safe anchorage. Above the chart is a vue of the south side of the bay. On Capt. James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific (1775-1780), his ships the Resolution and Discovery headed eastward and came upon what they called Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), which Cook thought was joined to mainland Australia. While anchoring in Adventure Bay to restock supplies of food, water and wood, James Burney, the First Lieutenant on the Discovery sketched the Bay noting depth soundings, a lake, elevations, and the contours of the beach as seen from the ship. The ships stayed only four days in the Bay in January 1777 before continuing onward towards New Zealand. Engraved by Robert Benard for the French edition of Cook's Voyages.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-4a #5.

Condition: A

Issued folding with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $95 - $120

Sold for: $60

Closed on 4/3/2013