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Auction 180, Lot 749

"Mond van de Endeavour Rivier in Nieuw Zuid Wales [on sheet with] Botanie Baai in Nieuw Zuid Wales", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: Sydney & Endeavour River, Australia

Period: 1797 (circa)

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

Color: Black & White

13 x 5.2 inches
33 x 13.2 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 the Dutch edition of this fine plate containing two charts on one sheet. The chart on the right is the depiction of Sydney Harbor when Cook first landed in Australia on April 29, 1769. Six locations for fresh water are noted as are several soundings in the harbor with shoals are delineated. Locates K. Banks and Punt Solander which were named by Cook for his botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander. The chart on the left shows entrance of the Endeavour River in northern Queensland. It locates where Cook's crew unloaded their stores and the place where they repaired their ship. Cook departed Botany Bay continuing northwards where, on June 11, the Endeavour ran aground on a shoal of the Great Barrier Reef. The ship was badly damaged and his voyage was delayed for seven weeks while repairs were accomplished on the site marked on this map. This is near the town of Cooktown. After the repairs were completed the voyage continued and resulted in Cook claiming the entire eastern coastline of Australia on August 22 for England. The return trip to England was via Batavia, the Cape of Good Hope and the island of Saint Helena, finally arriving July 12, 1771.

References: cf. Tooley (Australia) p. 45 #326.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with some light toning along the folds, minor offsetting, and an extraneous crease at left.

Estimate: $275 - $350


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