Auction 155, Lot 709

"Carte du Detroit de Cook dans la Nle. Zelande [on sheet with] Carte von Cook's-Strasse in Neu-Seeland", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Cook Strait, New Zealand

Period: 1775 (circa)

Publication: Ausfuhrlich und Glaubwurdige Geschichte der Neuesten Reisen um die Welt...

Color: Hand Color

10.6 x 10.6 inches
26.9 x 26.9 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.

In 1768 Capt. James Cook sailed from England on his first round-the-world voyage, and after a year and a half sailing around Cape Horn to the Pacific Ocean, he sighted New Zealand's north island. On January 15, 1770 Cook's ship the Endeavour sailed into a deep water inlet surrounded by thick wooded hills, and anchored in a snug harbor where the ships was to be repaired, scraped and caulked. After surveying the harbor, Cook declared it Queen Charlotte Sound and took possession of it in the name of the Crown. Upon climbing a high hill above the harbor, Cook saw that he was standing at the entrance to a strait, not a bight as Abel Tasman has assumed during his voyage of 1642. On February 7th, the Endeavour set sail through the strait to which Cook gave his own name. This fine sketch was brought back to London by Cook after the voyage, and shows Queen Charlotte Sound, Admiralty Bay, and Partie de Tavai Poe Nammoo on the south side of the strait. The north side of the strait is labeled Partie de Eaheino Mauwe, where the city of Wellington is now situated. Engraved by Daniel Adam Hauer and published in a German edition of Hawkesworth's "Voyages Around the World Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty..."

References: Sabin #30943.

Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with minor printer's ink residue and a short binding tear in left blank margin that has been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 11/18/2015