Auction 170, Lot 687

"Carte d'une Partie de la Mer du Sud Contenant les Decouvertes des Vaisseaux de sa Majeste le Dauphin, Commodore Byron, la Tamar, Capitne. Mouats, 1765, le Dauphin, Capitne. Wallis, le Swallow, Capitne. Carteret, 1767, et l'Endeavour, Lieutenant Cook 1769", Cook/Benard

Subject: South Pacific Ocean & Australia

Period: 1774 (circa)

Publication: Voyages dans l'Hemisphere Australe...

Color: Hand Color

26 x 13.9 inches
66 x 35.3 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.

Captain James Cook is believed to be the greatest navigator of his day, and contributed to the mapping of Australia and the Pacific more than any other explorer. During his first voyage of 1768-71 on the Endeavour, he charted New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. This map follows the voyages of Cook and other explorers of the South Pacific Ocean between 1765 - 1769. The routes of Byron, Mouats, Wallis, Carteret, and Cook are depicted, with indications of the dates of their travels and their discoveries. A notation on the map indicates that the shaded coastlines are the new discoveries of these explorers. The southeastern tip of Australia is still connected to Tasmania, and the inland area is blank as it was still unexplored at the time.

References: Tooley (Australia) #334.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with faint scattered foxing. Remargined at left with a portion of the border redrawn in facsimile.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/14/2018