C1785

A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Capt. Cook in this and his two preceeding Voyages; with the Tracks of the Ships under his Command.

1785 CHART OF THE WORLD SHOWING COOK’S THREE VOYAGES Important world map on Mercator’s projection showing Cook’s discoveries and his contribution to the overall knowledge of world cartography. These included his discovery of the east coast of Australia, his charting … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Capt. Cook in this and his two preceeding Voyages; with the Tracks of the Ships under his Command.

Date:

C1785

Condition:

Repaired tear to at top sheet edge, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

580mm 
x 375mm

Paper Size: 

665mm 
x 465mm
AUTHENTICITY
A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Capt. Cook in this and his two preceeding Voyages; with the Tracks of the Ships under his Command. - Antique Map from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

1785 CHART OF THE WORLD SHOWING COOK’S THREE VOYAGES

Important world map on Mercator’s projection showing Cook’s discoveries and his contribution to the overall knowledge of world cartography. These included his discovery of the east coast of Australia, his charting of New Zealand, his explorations into southern waters, his discovery of the Hawaiian Islands and explorations in search of a northwest passage which are all noted on here.

Roberts chart was the most up to date world map for it’s time.

Clancy 6.37 Tooley 331

Captain Cook’s Third Voyage: 1776-1779 Ships: Resolution & Discovery Rank:Commander

On his third voyage Cook, now post-captain and fellow of the Royal Society, visited Adventure Bay himself on 26 January 1777, on his way to New Zealand and Tahiti. He went on to explore the Pacific coasts of North America and Siberia. In November 1778 he was at the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), where at Kealakekua (Karakakooa) Bay he was killed on 14 February 1779.

Cook’s strength was his self-confidence. He drove himself as hard as his men yet they followed him loyally, though they sometimes grumbled at his rules of hygiene and at the diet necessary to prevent scurvy, which were singularly successful in preserving the health of his crews. He was also severe on uncompliant natives whom he met on his voyages, and his readiness to use force contributed to his untimely death. His greatest achievements were negative, for they proved where land was not, but his coastal charting set high standards and many of his discoveries helped to create a second British empire.

Henry Roberts (1756 - 1796)

Roberts was an officer in the Royal Navy who served with Captain Cook on his last two voyages. Roberts served as lieutenant on Cook's HMS Discovery, where he was entrusted with many hydrographic and cartographic tasks, and also met then-midshipman George Vancouver. Roberts spent many years after that voyage preparing the detailed charts that went into Cook's posthumous Atlas. He was also on Cook's HMS Resolution where he was to make a painting of the ship. In 1790, Roberts was appointed commander of the newly built HMS Discovery on another round-the-world voyage with George Vancouver as his first lieutenant. However, the Nootka Crisis called both men to duty elsewhere, and upon its resolution, Vancouver was given command of the historic voyage. Roberts died on 25 August 1796, Captain of HMS Undaunted in the West Indies, where he contracted yellow fever.

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