"Schets van de Donkere Baai in Nieuw Zeeland", Cook, James (Capt.)
Subject: New Zealand
Period: 1803 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.8 x 7.9 inches
37.6 x 20.1 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.
A remarkable and early chart of the area centered on Resolution Island in today's Fiordland National Park on the southern island. The complex geography of the fiords is illustrated, naming Long Island, Point Five Fingers, Break-Sea Island, Gilbert Isles, Wetjacket Arm, Coopers Island, and much more. Inset details Pickersgill Harbour with a fleur-de-lis and soundings in fathoms. This is an uncommon Dutch edition of this map.
A nice example with light toning along the edges of the sheet.