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Auction 189, Lot 680

"[Lot of 2] Chart of Norton Sound and of Bherings Strait, Made by the East Cape of Asia and the West Point of America [and] Chart of Cooks River in the N.W. Part of America", Cook, James (Capt.)

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1785 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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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.

A. Chart of Norton Sound and of Bherings Strait, Made by the East Cape of Asia and the West Point of America, (15.3 x 10.6"). This chart covers the area on either side of the Bering Strait including Norton Sound with the Resolution's route detailed with day-to-day notations during Cook's voyage in 1779. Details include sections of the coastline and islands with many place names, soundings and anchorages. This is the large edition of this map, which is less common than the small edition. Engraved by J. Butler.

B. Chart of Cooks River in the N.W. Part of America, (11.9 x 9.6"). This copper engraving shows Captain Cook's discoveries in Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet during his third and final voyage (1776-1779). Cook landed at Prince William Sound, which he named for the king's third son, on May 12, 1778. It includes track and dated points of the H.M.S. Resolution and the first appearance of Turn-again Arm east of today's Anchorage. Engraved by J. Butler.


Condition: A

Issued folding on bright sheets with marginal soiling. The chart of Cook's River has a bit of offsetting and a small, archivally repaired hole at bottom left.

Estimate: $200 - $230


Closed on 9/14/2022