"[Lot of 4] Carte des Isles de la Societe... [and] Carte des Isles Decouvertes aux Environs d'Otahiti... [and] Plan des Havres qu'on Trouve au Cote N. d'Eimeo [and] [I. Wenooa Ette/ I. Wateeoo/ Isle Mangeea/ Isle Toobouai]", Cook/Benard
Subject: Pacific Islands
Period: 1774-85 (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. Carte des Isles de la Societe Decouvertes par le Lieutt. J. Cook. 1769, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1774 (17.1 x 11.4"). The Society Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, the best known being Tahiti. Some believe the archipelago was named by Captain James Cook in honor of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the scientific survey of the islands; however, in his journal Cook says he called the islands Society "as they lay contiguous to one another." This chart shows Bora-Bora, Tahaa, and Raiatea in great detail including their surrounding reefs. Also shows Big and Little Hauhine, here incorrectly shown as one island. Drawn from Cook's first Pacific voyage. Condition: Issued folding on watermarked paper with minor toning and faint offsetting. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.
B. Carte des Isles Decouvertes aux Environs d'Otahiti, dans Plusieurs Voyages Faits Autour du Monde par les Capitaines Byron, Wallis, Carteret et Cook. En 1765. 1767. 1769, from Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de sa Majeste Britannique..., circa 1774 (20.2 x 9.4"). This chart depicts the Society Islands, including Tahiti, and the tracks of Commodore Byron, Capt. Cook, Capt. Carteret, and Capt. Wallis. It was drawn on a Mercator projection and engraved by Benard for the Paris edition of John Hawkesworth's Account of the Voyages. Condition: Issued folding on a toned watermarked sheet with minor offsetting.
C. Plan des Havres qu'on Trouve au Cote N. d'Eimeo, from Troisieme Voyage De Cook, ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..., circa 1785 (8.7 x 7.5"). This chart zooms in on a harbor on Mo'orea Island, one of the Windward Islands of the Society Islands, near Tahiti. It shows soundings, hazards, and an anchorage, and it features excellent topographical detail and little huts along the coast. Ref: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-4a #9. Condition: A sharp impression on a watermarked sheet with a light damp stain that enters map image at bottom. There are some binding holes that are confined to the blank margin at top.
D. [I. Wenooa Ette/ I. Wateeoo/ Isle Mangeea/ Isle Toobouai], (6.8 x 8.7"). This small and handsome sheet includes three small charts, featuring three Cook Islands-- Takutea (I. Wenooa Ette, Atiu ( I. Wateeoo), and Mangaia (Isle Mangeea)-- and Tubuai (Isle Toobouai) from the Austral Islands in French Polynesia. Each chart feature nice topographical detail and some navigational information. Ref: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COOK-4a #8. Condition: A dark impression on a watermarked sheet with a light damp stain that enters map image at right. There are binding holes in the left blank margin.
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