Auction 149, Lot 700

The Earliest Chart of the Coast of Queensland

"Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales, from Cape Tribulation to Endeavour Straits", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Northern Australia

Period: 1770 (dated)

Publication: An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of his Present Majesty…

Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 11.8 inches
33.5 x 30 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.

This map outlines the eastern shore of Cape York from Cape Tribulation to the Endeavour Strait at the northern tip. The track of Captain Cook's ship from his first voyage to the South Pacific is shown. The anchorages of the Endeavour are depicted, along with rocks, shoals, and soundings. A notation near Cape Tribulation identifies where the ship "laid 23 hours, and received much damage." A fleur-de-lis orients north to the right. This map appeared in John Hawkesworth's An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere..., which details the explorations of Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook. Engraved by J. Cheevers and published in 1773 by W. Strahan and T. Cadell.

References: Tooley (Australia) p. 235, #5; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HAWK-1a #27.

Condition: A

A fine impression, issued folding, with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $850

Closed on 5/21/2014