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Auction 144, Lot 285

"Chart of Cook's Strait in New Zealand", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: Cook Strait, New Zealand

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: A New Authentic Collection of Voyages Round the World

Color: Black & White

13 x 8.4 inches
33 x 21.3 cm

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.

In 1768 Capt. James Cook sailed from England on his first round-the-world voyage, and after a year and a half sailing around Cape Horn to the Pacific Ocean, he sighted New Zealand's north island. On January 15, 1770 Cook's ship the Endeavour sailed into a deep water inlet surrounded by thick wooded hills, and anchored in a snug harbor where the ships was to be repaired, scraped and caulked. After surveying the harbor, Cook declared it Queen Charlotte Sound and took possession of it in the name of the Crown. Upon climbing a high hill above the harbor, Cook saw that he was standing at the entrance to a strait, not a bight as Abel Tasman has assumed during his voyage of 1642. On February 7th, the Endeavour set sail through the strait to which Cook gave his own name. This fine sketch was brought back to London by Cook after the voyage, and shows Queen Charlotte Sound, Admiralty Bay, and Part of Tavai Poe Nammoo on the south side of the strait. The north side of the strait is labeled Part of Eaheino Mauwe, where the city of Wellington is now situated.

References: cf Tooley (Australia) p. 45 #324.

Condition: B+

A few faint stains and some minor creasing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 4/3/2013