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Chart Of The Island Otaheite ...

Chart Of The Island Otaheite ... : J. Cook

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A finely engraved and important map of Tahiti, the first detailed depiction. The island's first recorded sighting by Europeans was by Samuel Wallis in 1767 with Cook visiting during his first voyage in 1769. However, it was the French, after Bougainville's voyage of 1768, who colonised this "earthly paradise" of French Polynesia. The chart shows physical island detail with sounding depths and anchorages around the island. This example appeared within the increasing rare first edition English language collection of Cook's maps. This map was published in 1773 in John Hawkesworth's "Account Of The Voyages ... In The Southern Hemisphere", the first official account of Cook's monumental first voyage.
mapmaker: J. Cook  
place and date of publication: London 1773
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 230 by 400mm (9 by 15.75 inches).
ref: 39764

Price: £ 460

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