"Carte de l'Hemisphere Austral Montrant les Routes des Navigateurs les Plus Celebres par le Capitaine Jacques Cook", Cook/Benard
Subject: Southern Hemisphere
Period: 1774 (circa)
Publication: Abrege de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
21.2 x 21.1 inches
53.8 x 53.6 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 uncommon chart is a French edition of Cook's voyage in the southern hemisphere that is drawn in a circular polar-projection. Lists beside the map provide details of discoveries and destinations in the southern hemisphere. The chart includes the routes of other explorers including Tasman, Dampierre, Carteret, Byron, Bougainville, Furneaux and others. The copper-engraved chart shows all of Australia (Nouvelle Hollande) with Tasmania attached to the mainland. There is good detail of the East Indies and the Celebes. An important chart for any collector of Antarctic material.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with the watermark of a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads, issued folding. There is faint offsetting and some extraneous creasing of the paper. The gray shadows in the image are caused by our scanner due to the heavy folds in the paper, and do not appear on the map itself, which is generally very clean and bright.