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Auction 95, Lot 216

"A Plan of Success Bay in Strait le Maire [on sheet with] A Chart of the S.E. part of Terra Del Fuego, including Strait le Maire and part of Staten Land by Captn. Cook 1769.", Hogg, Alexander

Subject: Southern South America

Period: 1784 (published)

Publication: A New Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 8 inches
34.3 x 20.3 cm

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.

Two charts on one sheet. The plan shows the bay in detail including soundings, anchorage, a compass rose and good detail inland. The chart shows the tract of the Endeavor as Capt. Cook traveled from east to west between January 11th - 27th, 1769. Reference locates and names 14 places on the chart.


Condition: B

Estimate: $100 - $120

Sold for: $45

Closed on 6/13/2001