Auction 154, Lot 730

"Chart of the N.W. Coast of America, and N.E. Coast of Asia. Explored by Capt. Cook and Capt. Clerke, in the Years 1778 & 1779", Anon.

Subject: North Pacific Ocean, Northwestern North America

Period: 1784 (circa)

Publication: Universal Magazine

Color: Black & White

16.9 x 9.7 inches
42.9 x 24.6 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 shows the coastlines of northwestern North America and northeastern Asia, extending from Nootka Sound up the Gulf of Alaska, through Bristol Bay, and across the Bering Strait to Russia. The detail is focused on Cook's third and final expedition (1776-79), when he traveled up the northern reach of the Pacific in search of a Northwest Passage. His routes are traced and dated. Cook probed up along the Oregon coast in bad weather to Nootka Sound, where he rested and refitted his ships. They sailed forth to the Alaskan and Chukotskiy peninsulas and from there into the Bering Strait. Cook got as far north as 70° by 41° N before being forced back by the ice off Icy Cape. The expedition came south down the Russian coast and then east to Norton Sound. Cook's expedition then sailed south to Hawaii, where Cook was killed in a dispute with the natives. His second-in-command Clerke took over the expedition and they explored further in Hawaii before returning north to continue the exploration for the Northwest Passage.

References: Falk #1784-13; Jolly #UNIV-199.

Condition: B+

A nice impression issued folding with a 3.5" professionally repaired edge tear at right, a few tiny fold splits that have been closed with archival materials, and a small hole in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 9/16/2015