Rare first edition of this large copper engraved chart by James Cook of Terra del Fuego, Straits of Magellan and the Falklands, from the official British Admiralty sanctioned issue of Cook’s second voyage of exploration.
Cook had followed the coast of Tierra del Fuego (Chile) in December 1774, making for Cape Horn. The coast was comprised of hundreds of small islands, some of which were charted and named but many were not. The straits were first navigated by Ferdinand Magellan who entered the straits on November 1, 1520.
References; Beddie 1336-2, p.251, Joppien 2.14oC, ill.p.242
From Cook's, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty's Ships the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure', In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.
Art Gallery of New South Wales: Accession number 207.1990.3.a-kkk
National Library of Australia: Bib ID698273