Auction 148, Lot 761

"[Lot of 2] The Island of Otaheite According to the Survey Taken by Cap. Cook 1769, Corrected by His Later Astronomical Observations [and] Carte des Isles Decouvertes aux Environs d'Otahiti, dans Plusieurs Voyages Faits Autour du Monde...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Pacific Islands, Tahiti

Period: 1778-99 (circa)

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Color: Hand Color

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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.

A. The Island of Otaheite According to the Survey Taken by Cap. Cook 1769, Corrected by His Later Astronomical Observations, from A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean..., dated 1799, (15.2 x 11.2"). Copper engraved map of the island of Tahiti based on the survey of Capt. Cook and improved by William Wilson with the location of houses along the shores and the addition of numerous place names. A Curious Lake is located near the center of the large island. Condition: Issued folding, now pressed flat, with light soiling, and some extraneous creasing, especially in the bottom right corner. A few edge tears that enter into the neatline have been repaired on verso as well. A binding trim at bottom right has been replaced with old paper.

B. Carte des Isles Decouvertes aux Environs d'Otahiti, dans Plusieurs Voyages Faits Autour du Monde..., from Hawkesworth's Account of the Voyages, circa 1778, (20.4 x 9.7"). This is a chart that depicts the Society Islands, including Tahiti, and the tracks of Commodore Byron, Capt. Cook, Capt. Carteret, and Capt. Wallis. Drawn on a Mercator projection and engraved by Benard for the Paris edition of John Hawkesworth's Account of the Voyages. Condition: Issued folding on watermarked paper with four short fold separation that have been closed on verso with archival tape and some minor offsetting. The map has been remargined with old paper at top.

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Condition: B+

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Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/19/2014

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