Auction 92, Lot 36

"The World including the late Discoveries by Captn. Cook and other Circum Navigators", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: World

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Bankes's New System of Geography

Color: Black & White

Size:
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.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/13/2000

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