Auction 150, Lot 387

"Carte de la Partie S.E. de la Terre de Feu Comprenant le Detroit de le Maire [on sheet with] Plan de la Baye du Bon Succes dans le Detroit de le Maire [and] Vue d'une Partie du Cote N.E. de la Terre de Feu…", Cook/Benard

Subject: Tierra del Fuego and Le Maire Strait

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de sa Majeste Britannique

Color: Hand Color

14 x 11.9 inches
35.6 x 30.2 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 sheet contains two charts in the lower half beneath four coastal perspectives. The chart of the Le Maire Strait shows the tract of the Endeavor as Captain Cook traveled from east to west between January 11-27, 1769. The chart is oriented with north to the right and includes a lettered key identifying 14 places located on both the map and the land approach views at top. The plan of Success Bay (Baye du Bon Succes) shows great detail including soundings, an anchorage, a compass rose, and a surprising amount of inland detail. Both charts have their own border and decorative rococo-style title cartouche. The four land approach views show portions of the coastline along Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn from various angles. This early Cook exploration map is from his first voyage, published in a French edition of John Hawkesworth's "An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere." Engraved by Benard.

References: cf. Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HAWK-1a #17.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now pressed on watermarked paper with very minor soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 9/17/2014