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Auction 158, Lot 198

"A Chart of the S.E. Part of Terra del Fuego Including Strait Le Maire and Part of Staten-Land by Lieutenant J. Cook 1769 [on sheet with] A Plan of Success Bay in Strait Le Maire", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Argentina & Tierra del Fuego

Period: 1773 (circa)

Publication: An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty...

Color: Black & White

14.3 x 12.3 inches
36.3 x 31.2 cm
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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.

This sheet contains two charts in the lower half beneath four coastal perspectives. The Terra del Fuego chart (at bottom right) depicts the tract of the Endeavor as Capt. Cook traveled from east to west between January 11th - 27th, 1769. Reference locates and names 14 places on the views above. The plan of Success Bay (at bottom left) shows great detail including soundings, anchorage, and a compass rose and features a surprising amount of inland detail. Both charts have their own border and decorative rococo-style title cartouche. The four view perspectives illustrate Terra del Fuego and Cape Horn from various angles. This early Cook exploration map is from his first voyage. Engraved by Bowen & Gibson for Hawkesworth's An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty....


Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with minor offsetting and a binding trim at lower right that has been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/22/2016