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Auction 158, Lot 439

"Carte de l'Isle O-Taiti", Bonne, Rigobert

Subject: Pacific Islands

Period: 1787 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Encyclopedique

Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 9.3 inches
34.5 x 23.6 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 handsome map is a remarkably accurate and early map of Tahiti. It presents the information Capt. James Cook gathered when he spent several months on the island observing the transit of Venus. The detail on the map includes topography and the depiction of reefs, anchorages and soundings. The map of Moorea (Eimeo) is less accurate. Inset maps are of harbors and anchorages on the two islands. This edition of the map, engraved by Andre, appeared in a French edition of Cook’s voyages.


Condition: A

A nice impression with minor toning and faint offsetting along the centerfold.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/22/2016