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Auction 181, Lot 14

"A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries Made by Captn. James Cook in This and His Two Preceeding Voyages; with the Tracks of the Ships Under His Command", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: World

Period: 1784 (circa)

Publication: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

Color: Black & White

36.1 x 21.6 inches
91.7 x 54.9 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 large map on Mercator's projection was compiled by Lieut. Henry Roberts from Cook's surveys after the third expedition. The map is centered on Australasia with the routes of the Endeavour (1768-71) and Resolution (1772-75 and 1776-80) illustrated with occasional notes along the tracks. Roberts began his compilation under Cook's supervision and completed it after Cook's death. Inland detail is confined to river systems and a few place names. This map was used in the official account of the third voyage. Engraved by W. Palmer.

References: Perry & Prescott #1784-4; Falk #1784-4; Wagner #699; Tooley, p. 46 #331.

Condition: B

Issued folding on paper with a "J. Whatman" watermark. The folds are backed in archival tape to close a couple of long separations. There is some faint offsetting and light toning along the right sheet edge. A chip above the title has been replaced with old paper, with the "E" in "General" partially replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/10/2021