"[Lot of 2] Extremite Meridionale de l'Amerique [and] A Chart of the Southern Extremity of America 1775",
Subject: Southern South America
Period: 1777-87 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
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. Extremite Meridionale de l'Amerique, by Rigobert Bonne, from Atlas Encyclopedique, circa 1787 (13.6 x 9.2"). This copper-engraved sheet of Tierra del Fuego is centered on a large compass rose. The map details the treacherous track through the Straits of Magellan. Five insets show bays, small groups of islands, soundings, rocks, and anchorages. Engraved by Andre. Condition: On a watermarked sheet with a short tear in the title cartouche that has been closed on verso with archival tape. There are short fold separations in the top and bottom blank margins that have also been archivally repaired on verso.
B. A Chart of the Southern Extremity of America 1775, by Cook/Strathan and Cadell, from A Voyage towards the South Pole, dated 1777 (19.9 x 16.9"). This interesting copper-engraved sea chart was published by William Strahan and Thomas Cadell. It traces the Resolution's track around Cape Horn in the winter of 1774-75. There is good detail along coastlines complete with soundings. It includes the Falkland Islands and an inset of "Part of Staten Land." Condition: Issued folding, now flat, with light soiling and toning along the sheet's edges that enter map image at bottom. There are several short edge tears in the margins, many of which have been repaired with archival materials on verso.
See description above.