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Auction 177, Lot 346

"Kaart van de Ontdekkingen Gedaan in den Zuider Atlantischen Oceaan. Met's Konings Schip de Resolutie Onder Bevel van Kapitein Cook. In 1775", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: South Atlantic

Period: 1777 (published)

Publication: Reizen Rondom de Waereld door James Cook...

Color: Black & White

Size:
12.9 x 11.9 inches
32.8 x 30.2 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 is a Dutch edition of the map "Chart of the Discoveries Made in the South Atlantic Ocean in His Majesty's Ship Resolution under the Command of Captain Cook, in Jan. 1775." The chart details the track of H.M.S. Resolute between the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. Cook claimed South Georgia for the Kingdom of Great Britain, naming it the "Isle of Georgia" in honor of King George III. He named the Sandwich Islands "Sandwich Land" after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty. This British overseas territory is in a remote and inhospitable portion of the southern Atlantic Ocean hundreds of miles east-south-east of Terra del Fuego. The islands are uninhabited save for a small British contingent to support the British Antarctic Survey who maintains a base at Bird Island. Argentina's claim over South Georgia contributed to the 1982 Falklands War.

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Condition: B+

Nice example with wide margins. A few light foxing spots near lower center.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 4/29/2020

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