"Nuove Scoperte Fatte nel 1765. 67. e 69 nel Mare del Sud", Zatta, Antonio
Subject: South Pacific Ocean
Period: 1776 (dated)
Publication: Atlante Novissimo
Color: Hand Color
15.7 x 11.8 inches
39.9 x 30 cm
This Italian map is a very early record of Capt. Cook's discoveries in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the South Pacific from his first voyage (1768-71). These include the first circumnavigation of New Zealand and the mapping of the eastern coast of Australia, where there are numerous place names. In addition the tracks of the other significant English expeditions in Polynesia between 1765-69 are shown; Carteret, Byron, and Wallis. The large pictorial title cartouche features Cook's ship, Endeavor, along with a native fishing boat.
References: Perry & Prescott #1776.01; Suarez (Pacific) Fig 115, pp 118-123.
Full contemporary color on paper with a decorative "A" watermark, a hint of toning along the centerfold, and some soiling and damp stains confined to the edges of the sheet.