C1774

Carte de L'Isle D'Otahiti, par Le Lieutenant J.Cook 1769.

French edition of James Cook’s famous map of Tahiti named Otaheite, from his first voyage account on the Endeavour. Cook arrived at Otaheite 13 April 1769, to measure the transit of Venus across the sun’s sphere which was to take … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte de L’Isle D’Otahiti, par Le Lieutenant J.Cook 1769.

Date:

C1774

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

410mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

450mm 
x 300mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte de L'Isle D'Otahiti, par Le Lieutenant J.Cook 1769. - Antique Map from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

French edition of James Cook’s famous map of Tahiti named Otaheite, from his first voyage account on the Endeavour.

Cook arrived at Otaheite 13 April 1769, to measure the transit of Venus across the sun’s sphere which was to take place on 3 June, an event which occurred only twice within eight years and once every 120 years.

‘Monday 26th June. about three o’clock in the morning, I set out in the pinnance, accompanied by Mr. Banks, to make a circuit of the island, with a view to sketch out the coast and harbours.’ Cook.

References: Hakluyt Society 1.118A ill. p.112 (English edition)

From Hawkesworth, Relation des Voyages Entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique Actuallement Regnante:..

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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