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Auction 195, Lot 22

"A New and Complete Chart of the World; Displaying the Tracks of Captn. Cook, and Other Modern Navigators", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: World

Period: 1790 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 12.9 inches
45.2 x 32.8 cm
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This fascinating map of the world is filled with Captain Cook's routes from all three voyages. A key at bottom right corresponds the various tracks to each voyage. In North America, there is a fictitious West River, while Alaska is shown with a fairly correct shape. A note on the northwest coast of the continent mentions Fou-sang, a mythical Chinese colony allegedly established in the 5th century. The Sandwich Islands are shown and noted as the place where Capt. Cook was killed. The South Pacific is filled with islands, and New Zealand is fully formed. Tasmania is still attached to Australia, which is shown with an incomplete southern coastline. There are numerous detailed notations throughout.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 1094.

Condition: B

Issued folding with four small fold separations along the sheet edges that have been repaired on verso with a combination of archival and non-archival materials. Some minor staining shows through on recto where one of the repairs was made at bottom. There is some light toning that is more prominent along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/15/2023