Auction 153, Lot 722

"Chart of the Society Isles, Discovered by Lieut. J. Cook, 1769", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: French Polynesia

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: An Account of the Voyages ... in the Southern Hemisphere

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 11.5 inches
43.7 x 29.2 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 chart shows the western Society Islands of French Polynesia. The islands are here called Maurua (Maupiti), Bolabola (Bora Bora), Otaha (Tahaa), Ulietea (Raiatea), and Huaheine (Huahine). There is excellent coastal detail surrounding the islands, including soundings, anchorages, rocks, shoals, and several place names. This map was published in John Hawkesworth's "An Account of the Voyages." Engraved by J. Cheevers.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HAWK-1a #19.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper. Issued folding, now pressed, with a couple of tiny fold separations in top blank margin that have been archivally repaired. A binding trim at right has been replaced with old paper. There is one tiny tear in top blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $400


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