"The World including the late Discoveries by Captn. Cook and other Circum Navigators", Bowen, Thomas
Period: 1790 (circa)
Publication: Bankes's New System of Geography
Color: Black & White
18.2 x 11.1 inches
46.2 x 28.2 cm
Fascinating double-hemisphere world map depicting the recent discoveries in the Pacific and northern oceans. Alaska is shown with a fairly correct shape. 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 unexplored southern coastline. There are numerous notations throughout and the tracks of Cook's voyages with the dates of his major discoveries. It is decoratively engraved with celestial and terrestrial globes at top corners and an orrery and compass in bottom corners. An inset of the North Pole is tucked between the hemispheres at bottom with the title cartouche balancing the composition at top. Decorative garlands then surround the map, making for a lovely presentation.