Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty
sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. All other later
copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually
smaller and inferior in quality.
Chart of the Friendly Islands (Tongan group). Cook visited the islands 2 - 8 October 1773 and then again 26 - 29 June 1774, after which the ships became separated and were never to meet again.
After leaving Raiatea (Society Islands) on 18 September 1773, Cook directed his course towards Amsterdam Island (Tongatapu), discovered by Tasman in 1643, intending to verify Tasman's charting against his own charts. The ships stayed for three days, thoroughly enjoying the reception they had received and called the group the Friendly Islands. On his second visit he headed for the Nomuka, the largest island of the south central group of Tonga.
Reference; Beddie 1336-XIV, p.252
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.