C1773

A plan of Success Bay in Strait le Maire. A chart of the S.E. part of Terra del Fuego including Strait le Maire and part of Staten-land

The first English edition of Cook’s rare engraved chart and views of Tierra del Fuego. Cook went ashore at Tierra del Fuego on 14th January 1769 and noted in his log, ‘perhaps as miserable a set of People as are … Read Full Description

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A plan of Success Bay in Strait le Maire. A chart of the S.E. part of Terra del Fuego including Strait le Maire and part of Staten-land

Date:

C1773

Engraver:

Thomas Bowen 
(1733? – 
1790)

Condition:

Expertly remargined on right hand side, otherwise in good condition. With folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.
AUTHENTICITY
A plan of Success Bay in Strait le Maire. A chart of the S.E. part of Terra del Fuego including Strait le Maire and part of Staten-land - Antique Map from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

The first English edition of Cook’s rare engraved chart and views of Tierra del Fuego. Cook went ashore at Tierra del Fuego on 14th January 1769 and noted in his log, ‘perhaps as miserable a set of People as are this day upon Earth.’ Leaving Tierra del Fuego the Endeavour rounded Cape Horn and sailed into the Pacific Ocean.

Four coastal views at top of sheet:
A view of part of the N.E. side of Terra del Fuego taken from the point
A. in the chart — A view of Strait Le Maire with part of Terra del Fuego and Staten Land taken from the point
B. in the chart — A view of part of the S.W. side of Terra del Fuego taken from the point
C. in the chart — A view of part of the coast of Terra del Fuego from Cape Horn to Isle Evouts, taken from the point
D. in the chart.

References:
Hakluyt Society, The Charts and Coastal Views of Captain Cook’s Voyages. Volume 1. The Voyages of the Endeavour 1768-1771. No. 42. London 1988: 1.41A ill. p.49
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979 Tooley 340.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 783.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967. 30940.
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970 659.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1680211
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand: Map Coll-NZGB-1/4/47/Acc.54733
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers:RB/DQ990A/89
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: Identifier : ark:/12148/bpt6k5493702m

From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,…

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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