"Carte de la Nle. Galles Meridle. ou de la Cote Orientale de la Nle. Hollande Decouverte et Visitee par le Lieutenant J. Cook, Commandant de l'Endeavour, Vaisseau de sa Majeste en 1770", Cook/Benard
Subject: Eastern Australia
Period: 1774 (circa)
Publication: Cartes et Figures des Voyages…
Color: Black & White
30.5 x 14.1 inches
77.5 x 35.8 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 important map documents the first European discovery of the east coast of Australia. It is oriented with north to the right and covers from Cape Howe to Cape York. It shows the routes of the Endeavor with place names bestowed by Cook, including Botany Bay (Bay de la Botanque), which was named for the large quantities of plants located there. This chart of the coast of New South Wales was issued in the French edition of Cook's Voyages, 1774-89.
References: Tooley (Australia) p. 47 #342.
Issued folding on a sturdy sheet with a birdhouse watermark and light offsetting and foxing. There is light toning along one of the folds at bottom and along the edges of the sheet.