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Auction 181, Lot 697

"A Chart of the North West Coast of America and North East Coast of Asia, Explored in the Years 1778 & 1779", Cook/Hogg

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1785 (circa)

Publication: A New Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World

Color: Black & White

Size:
13.8 x 8.5 inches
35.1 x 21.6 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 charts traces Captain Cook's route through Alaska, the Bering Strait, and Kamchatka. It was drawn by Lt. Roberts, Master mate on the Resolution under Cook. It depicts the coastlines of Alaska, British Columbia, and Russia; a note explains that part of the information on the map was obtained from a manuscript chart received from the Russians. The ship's route is traced with navigational information including soundings. The map's detail is focused on Cook's third and final expedition (1776-79), when he traveled up the northern reach of the Pacific in search of a Northwest Passage. His routes are traced and dated. Cook probed up along the Oregon coast in bad weather to Nootka Sound, where he rested and refitted his ships. They sailed forth to the Alaskan and Chukotskiy peninsulas and from there into the Bering Strait. Cook got as far north as 70° by 41° N before being forced back by the ice off Icy Cape. The expedition came south down the Russian coast and then east to Norton Sound. Cook's expedition then sailed south to Hawaii, where Cook was killed in a dispute with the natives. His second-in-command Clerke took over the expedition and they explored further in Hawaii before returning north to continue the exploration for the Northwest Passage.

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Condition: B+

There is light soiling and some minor scattered foxing along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/10/2021

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