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Auction 182, Lot 748

"Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure a la Nle. Zelande [on sheet with] Baye des Isles dans la Nle. Zelande [and] Baye de Tolaga dans la Nle. Zelande", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: North Island, New Zealand

Period: 1775 (circa)

Publication: Ausfuhrlich und Glaubwurdige Geschichte der Neuesten Reisen um die Welt...

Color: Black & White

16.8 x 10.8 inches
42.7 x 27.4 cm
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Captain James Cook (1728-1779) is best known for his three voyages to the Pacific (1768-71; 1772-75; and 1776-79). His discoveries radically changed the western understanding of the world in the late 18th century. He was the first to circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and provided the earliest European accounts of exploration along the eastern coast of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. On February 14th, 1779, he was killed on Hawaii after attempting to kidnap the chief of the island.

Many contemporary accounts of Cook’s voyages, including charts and engravings, appeared in the late 18th century. The first official account of Cook’s first voyage was published in 1773 by John Hawkesworth in Volumes II and III of An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere... William Strahan and Thomas Cadell published the first official accounts of the second and third voyages in 1777 and 1784. Accounts of his exploration were subsequently translated into French, German, and Dutch.

This is the German edition of this sheet presenting three early maps from the explorations of Capt. Cook in New Zealand. The main chart depicts Cook’s discoveries of Mercury Bay and the Hauraki Bay at Auckland, New Zealand with soundings, anchorages, and other navigational data. The two smaller charts show ‘Pte. Pocock’, just north of Whangarei, and ‘Baye de Tolaga’, north of Gisborne. Includes alternate German titles and place names. Engraved by J.D. Philipp and published in a German edition of Hawkesworth's Voyages Around the World Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty...

References: cf. Tooley (Australia) p. 47 #340.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression issued folding on a sheet with a Strasbourg bend and lily watermark. There is faint offsetting, light scattered foxing at top, and a binding trim at left with an associated tear that enters into 0.5" into the map image.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $130

Closed on 4/28/2021