Auction 170, Lot 697


"Plan van de Avontuur-Baai aan van Diemens-Land...", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Adventure Bay, Australia

Period: 1795 (circa)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 9.6 inches
19.3 x 24.4 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. This is the uncommon Dutch edition of this view.

References: cf. Tooley (Australia) #333.

Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with a binding trim in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $44

Closed on 11/14/2018