"[Lot of 2] Carte du Detroit de Cook dans la Nle. Zelande / Carte von Cook's-Strasse in Neu-Seeland [and] Nlle. Galles Meridle. ou Cote Orientale de la Nouvelle Hollande",
Subject: Cook Strait, New Zealand & Australia
Period: 1775-87 (circa)
Color: Black & White
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.
A. Carte du Detroit de Cook dans la Nle. Zelande / Carte von Cook's-Strasse in Neu-Seeland, by Capt. James Cook, from Ausfuhrlich und Glaubwurdige Geschichte der Neuesten Reisen um die Welt..., circa 1775 (10.5 x 10.4"). In 1768 Capt. James Cook sailed from England on his first round-the-world voyage, and after a year and a half sailing around Cape Horn to the Pacific Ocean, he sighted New Zealand's north island. On January 15, 1770 Cook's ship the Endeavour sailed into a deep water inlet surrounded by thick wooded hills, and anchored in a snug harbor where the ships was to be repaired, scraped, and caulked. After surveying the harbor, Cook declared it Queen Charlotte Sound and took possession of it in the name of the Crown. Upon climbing a high hill above the harbor, Cook saw that he was standing at the entrance to a strait, not a bight as Abel Tasman has assumed during his voyage of 1642. On February 7th, the Endeavour set sail through the strait to which Cook gave his own name. This fine sketch was brought back to London by Cook after the voyage, and shows Queen Charlotte Sound, Admiralty Bay, and Partie de Tavai Poe Nammoo on the south side of the strait. The north side of the strait is labeled Partie de Eaheino Mauwe, where the city of Wellington is now situated. Engraved by Daniel Adam Hauer and published in a German edition of Hawkesworth's "Voyages Around the World Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty..." Reference: Sabin #30943. Condition: A crisp impression issued folding on watermarked paper with minor offsetting. (A)
B. Nlle. Galles Meridle. ou Cote Orientale de la Nouvelle Hollande, by Rigobert Bonne, from Atlas Encyclopedique, circa 1787 (9.2 x 13.6"). This fascinating sheet features five small maps that detail the discoveries of Capt. Cook in Australia. The main map shows the whole of the east coast in fine detail, with soundings and the tracks of Cook's exploration. The other maps/insets are: Partie de la Cote de la Nouvelle Galles Méridionale; Esquisse de la Terre Van-Diemen...; Baie Botanique; and Entrée de la Riviere Endeavour. There is a large compass rose capped with fleur-de-lis at bottom. Reference: Tooley (Australia) #233. Condition: A sharp impression on watermarked paper with light scattered foxing and some small rust spots. There is damp staining in the right blank margin, well away from map image. (B+)
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