C1774

Carte De La Nle. Zelande

French edition of the first printed chart of the whole of New Zealand. During the six months between October 1769 and April 1770, Cook sailed over 2,400 miles around the coast of New Zealand, surveying the coast from on board … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte De La Nle. Zelande

Date:

C1774

Condition:

In good condition with folds as issued. No tears as often found.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 480mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte De La Nle. Zelande - Antique Map from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

French edition of the first printed chart of the whole of New Zealand.

During the six months
between October 1769 and April 1770, Cook sailed over 2,400 miles around
the coast of New Zealand, surveying the coast from on board the ship or
else ashore.

Cook’s log records;
The Chart which I have
drawn will best point out the figure and extent of these
islands…beginning at Cape Palliser and proceed round Aehei no mouwe
(North Island) by the East Cape &ca. The Coast between these two
Capes I believe to be laid down pretty accurate both in its figure and
the Course and distance from point to point. The oppertunities I had and
the methods I made use on to obtain these requesites were such as could
hardly admit of an error… some few places however must be excepted and
these are very doubtful..” sic (Cook, Journals I, 275-6)

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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