"[Lot of 3] Plan de la Baye de Awatska, sur la Cote Orientale du Kamtschatka [and] Vues de la Cote du Kamtchatka [and] Vues de la Cote d'Asie", Cook/Benard
Subject: Kamchatka Peninsula
Period: 1785 (circa)
Publication: Atlas du Troisieme Voyage de Cook
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.
This lot features a chart and two sheets of views focusing on the Kamchatka Peninsula region. The chart shows Avacha Bay with fine topographical detail along the coast and soundings in the water. An inset at top left zooms in on the harbor at present-day Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The views depict Kamchatka's mountainous coast. Engraved by Benard.
A. Plan de la Baye de Awatska, sur la Cote Orientale du Kamtschatka, (7.8 x 10.1").
B. Vues de la Cote du Kamtchatka, circa 1785 (15.1 x 8.9").
C. Vues de la Cote d'Asie, circa 1785 (15.1 x 8.7").
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-4a #17.
All three sheets are crisp impressions with light soiling. The chart is on watermarked paper. There are some minor spots on the views.