Auction 156, Lot 405

"[Lot of 5] Extremite Meridionale de l'Amerique [and] Plan de la Baye du Bon Succes... [on sheet with] Carte de la Partie S.E. de la Terre de Feu... [and] Cote Depuis la Baye d'York... [and] Vue du Cote N.O. de Masafuero [and] Vue des Indiens...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Tierra del Fuego, Le Maire Strait, Isla Alejandro Selkirk

Period: 1780-87 (circa)

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Color: Black & White

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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 lot covers Tierra del Fuego, Le Maire Strait, and Isla Alejandro Selkirk in southern South America, areas explored by Captain Cook during his first voyage (1768-71). In addition to two charts, the second sheet includes four coastal perspectives. The four charts feature soundings, bays, rocks, anchorages, and small islands. The view depicts several natives of Tierra del Fuego gathered around a fire in a hut.

A. Extremite Meridionale de l'Amerique, by Rigobert Bonne, from Atlas Encyclopedique, circa 1787 (13.6 x 9.3"). Condition: A crisp impression with a hint of offsetting. (A)
B. Plan de la Baye du Bon Succes dans le Detroit de le Maire [on sheet with] Carte de la Partie S.E. de la Terre de Feu..., by Cook/Benard, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (14.1 x 12.1"). Condition: A nice impression issued folding on watermarked paper with light offsetting and a short fold split. (B+)
C. Cote Depuis la Baye d'York a la Baye et au Havre des Trois Isles, by Captain James Cook, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (13.6 x 8.2"). Condition: A dark impression issued folding on watermarked paper with light offsetting and minor scattered foxing, much of it concentrated along the sheet's edges. (B+)
D. Vue du Cote N.O. de Masafuero, by Cook/Benard, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (11.9 x 6.8"). Condition: A nice impression issued folding on watermarked paper with minor offsetting and a few faint spots. (A)
E. Vue des Indiens de la Terre de Feu dans Leurs Huttes, by Captain James Cook, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780 (11.3 x 7.9"). Condition: A dark impression on watermarked paper with light scattered foxing and damp stains confined to the blank margins. (A)

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Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/17/2016

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