Auction 151, Lot 640

"View of the Coast of Japan When We First Saw It; the Hill a Bearing West 3 Miles Distant", Cook/Hogg

Subject: Northeast Japan

Period: 1784 (circa)

Publication: A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
8.4 x 11.3 inches
21.3 x 28.7 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.

The main feature of this sheet is actually a large chart of the northeast coast of Honshu tracing Cook's route from October 24th until November 2, 1779, with portions of the coast, small islands, soundings, and bottom type shown along the ship's course. Engraved by Thomas Bowen with a large compass rose in the sea. The title refers to a small, well-engraved sea view above the chart.

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Condition: A

A couple faint spots and light creasing.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/19/2014

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