C1784

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.

Important c.18th 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, … 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:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

920mm 
x 580mm

Paper Size: 

965mm 
x 845mm
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 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Important c.18th 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. This is the rare pirated Dublin edition identified by the engravers name Geo. Byrne printed at lower right.

Collections: Auckland Museum: OTHER NUMBERG3200
Australian Maritime Museum: Object No: 00004857
National Gallery of Australia: NGA 2013.4129.9.86
National Library of Australia: Bib ID 2605558

From Cook & King,  A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere…. Dublin

References:
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967.: 16250.
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 1546, p.300.
Clancy, R. The Mapping of Terra Australia. Sydney 1995: 6.37 (English edition).
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 331 (English edition).


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 119353

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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James Cook (1728 - 1779)

Cook was the most important navigator of the Age of Enlightenment, a period that saw the mystery of the Southland resolved, the discovery of New Zealand, Hawaii, numerous Pacific Islands and confirmation that a Northwest Passage did not exist. Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish labourer and apprenticeship for three years under John Walker, a Quaker coal-shipper of Whitby. In 1755 Walker offered him a command, but instead Cook joined HMS Eagle and within a month was master's mate. After two years on the Channel service, he was promoted master of the Pembroke, and in 1758 crossed the Atlantic in her and took part in the siege of Louisburg and the survey of the St Lawrence River that led to the capture of Quebec. Returning to England in 1762 he married Elizabeth Batts (1742-1832?) of Shadwell, whom he was to rarely see in the ensuing years at sea. Cook then famously commanded three voyages that ended with his death on the island of Hawaii on 14 February 1779.

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