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Auction 196, Lot 27

"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: Black & White

17.9 x 12.9 inches
45.5 x 32.8 cm
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This fascinating map of the world is filled with Captain Cook's tracks 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. Fou-sang is identified on the northwest coast of North America, which was 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. This edition of the map removes the "Engraved for Banke's New System of Geography" above the top neatline, though it is still partially visible.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 1094.

Condition: A

Issued folding and now flat with minor soiling.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/7/2024