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L'Isola O-Taiti

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L'Isola O-Taiti : Giovanni Maria Cassini

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A rare and important map - the most attractive version of the map produced after Capt. James Cook's exploration of the island group of Tahiti in 1769. At top right is an inset titled "Carta Delle Marchesi di Mendoza", the Marquesas visited by Cook on his second voyage to the South Seas in 1774. Tahiti had been visited two years earlier by Englishman Captain Samuel Wallis and was identified as the most suitable location from which Cook was to follow the transit of Venus, his mission and the purpose of his first voyage to the Pacific. A large title cartouche at lower left shows an island scene with two languid islanders at ease against a rocky and forested background. The map was engraved and published by Giovanni Maria Cassini in his "Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale".
mapmaker: Giovanni Maria Cassini
place and date of publication: Rome 1798 - 1801
medium and colour: coppperplate, original outline colour
size in mm: 350 by 490mm (13.75 by 19.25 inches).
ref: 43048

Price: £ 800

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