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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

8.4 x 11.3 inches
21.3 x 28.7 cm

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) is best known for his three voyages to the Pacific (1768-71; 1772-75; and 1776-79). His discoveries radically changed the western understanding of the world in the late 18th century. He was the first to circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and provided the earliest European accounts of exploration along the eastern coast of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. On February 14th, 1779, he was killed on Hawaii after attempting to kidnap the chief of the island.

Many contemporary accounts of Cook’s voyages, including charts and engravings, appeared in the late 18th century. The first official account of Cook’s first voyage was published in 1773 by John Hawkesworth in Volumes II and III of An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere... William Strahan and Thomas Cadell published the first official accounts of the second and third voyages in 1777 and 1784. Accounts of his exploration were subsequently translated into French, German, and Dutch.

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.


Condition: A

A couple faint spots and light creasing.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/19/2014