Auction 169, Lot 762


"Plan of Adventure Bay on Van Diemens Land...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Adventure Bay, Australia

Period: 1784 (published)

Publication: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty... Vol. I

Color: Black & White

8.7 x 10.6 inches
22.1 x 26.9 cm

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 chart shows Adventure Bay on Bruny Island off the south coast of Tasmania, with north oriented to the bottom of the sheet. There is good detail of the topography of the land, as well as depth soundings and a safe anchorage. Above the chart is a view of the south side of the bay. The bay was initially discovered by Tobias Furneaux, captain of the H.M.S. Adventure, on Capt. Cook's second voyage. Cook returned on his third voyage to the Pacific (1775-1780), when his ships the Resolution and Discovery headed eastward and came upon what they called Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), which Cook thought was joined to mainland Australia. While anchoring in Adventure Bay to restock supplies of food, water and wood, James Burney, the First Lieutenant on the Discovery sketched the bay, noting depth soundings, a lake, elevations, and the contours of the beach as seen from the ship. The ships stayed only four days in the bay in January 1777 before continuing onward towards New Zealand.

References: Tooley (Australia) #333.

Condition: B+

Light toning with tiny ink spots in the blank margins.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $41

Closed on 9/12/2018