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Chart Of New-Zealand Explored In 1769 And 1770. ... Commander Of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour

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Chart Of New-Zealand Explored In 1769 And 1770. ... Commander Of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour : J. Cook

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A good example of the rare first edition of the most important map of New Zealand - Captain James Cook's map of New Zealand - the first complete chart of the two island's coastlines. Cook's three world voyages, begun in 1768 and terminating with his death in 1779, proved one of the great feats of navigating exploration and hydrography of any period. This chart was made during the first and geographically most significant voyage, from 1768-71, and which included the first accurate plotting of the Australian East coast, New Zealand and many other Pacific Islands. This is the increasingly rare first English language edition. The map, with the engraving date of 1772, was published in 1773 in John Hawkesworth's "Account Of The Voyages ... In The Southern Hemisphere", the first official account of Cook's monumental voyage. This is a good example of the plate which is always a comparatively light impression, with areas of margin reinstated where once trimmed for binding purposes, or worn away, there is also evidence of old folds; despite which this is a very acceptable example of a great map.
mapmaker: J. Cook  
place and date of publication: London 1772-1773
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 495 by 380mm (19.5 by 15 inches).
ref: 42766
literature: Tooley, The Mapping Of Australia, p.45, 322

Price: £ 2400

 
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