"[Lot of 3] Chart of the Society Isles... [and] Isles de la Reine Charlotte [and] A Chart of the Islands Discover'd in the Neighbourhood of Otaheite, in the Course of Several Voyages Round the World, Made by the Capns Byron, Wallis, Carteret, & Cooke...",
Subject: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands
Period: 1773-80 (circa)
Color: Black & White
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. Chart of the Society Isles, Discovered by Lieut. J. Cook, by Captain James Cook, from An Account of the Voyages ... in the Southern Hemisphere, published 1773, (17.3 x 11.6"). This chart shows the western Society Islands of French Polynesia. The islands are here called Maurua (Maupiti), Bolabola (Bora Bora), Otaha (Tahaa), Ulietea (Raiatea), and Huaheine (Huahine). There is excellent coastal detail surrounding the islands, including soundings, anchorages, rocks, shoals, and several place names. This map was published in John Hawkesworth's "An Account of the Voyages." Engraved by J. Cheevers. Ref: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HAWK-1a #19. Condition: Issued folding on a watermarked sheet with light offsetting. (B+)
B. Isles de la Reine Charlotte, by Cook/Benard, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1780, (15.3 x 9.3"). This chart depicts a small part of the extensive Solomon Islands located east of Papua New Guinea with an erupting volcano and an inset of Carteret Island. Condition: Issued folding with faint offsetting and a small light stain at bottom right. (A)
C. A Chart of the Islands Discover'd in the Neighbourhood of Otaheite, in the Course of Several Voyages Round the World, Made by the Capns Byron, Wallis, Carteret, & Cooke..., by William Whitchurch, from An Account of the Voyages…, published 1773, (20.4 x 9.5"). This chart documents the important exploratory voyages in the vicinity of Tahiti. The tracts of Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Cook are carefully shown on the chart. Condition: Issued folding on a watermarked sheet with light offsetting, faint toning, and minor soiling. (B+)
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