C1785

Carte des Isles des Amis.

Mapmaker:

William Bligh (1754 - 1817)

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages. Chart of the Friendly Islands (Tongan group). Cook had previously visited the islands on his second voyage 2 – 8 October 1773 and then again 26 – 29 June 1774, after … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte des Isles des Amis.

Date:

C1785

Mapmaker:

William Bligh (1754 - 1817)

Condition:

Repair on LHS, folded as issued otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

365mm 
x 250mm

Paper Size: 

405mm 
x 270mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte des Isles des Amis. - Antique Map from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of Cook’s voyages. Chart of the Friendly Islands (Tongan group). Cook had previously visited the islands on his second voyage 2 – 8 October 1773 and then again 26 – 29 June 1774, after which the ships became separated and were never to meet again.

After leaving Raiatea (Society Islands) on 18 September 1773, Cook directed his course towards Amsterdam Island (Tongatapu), discovered by Tasman in 1643, intending to verify Tasman’s charting against his own charts. The ships stayed for three days, thoroughly enjoying the reception they had received and called the group the Friendly Islands. On his second visit he headed for the Nomuka, the largest island of the south central group of Tonga.

On his third voyage Cook had visited Hapaee (Lifuka), one of the islands of the Ha’apai group of Tonga. Cook had arrived on the island 17 July 1777 and stayed until the 29th. He then headed had left Lifuka on 29 May 1777 and steered to the largest island of the Tongan group, Amsterdam or Tongatapu, and anchored by 10 June.

Mapmaker:

William Bligh (1754-1817)

Bligh was a naval officer and governor. He was descended from a family settled in St Tudy, Cornwall, since 1680, whose members had been mayors of Bodmin in the sixteenth century. William was entered in H.M.S. Monmouth on July 1762, was paid off the following February, and joined the navy on 27 July 1770. Since there was no vacancy for midshipmen, he was rated ‘able-seaman’, but he messed with the former and officially became one in February 1771. On 17 March 1776 he was appointed master of the Resolution, on James Cook’s third voyage. On the voyage made a number of the charts.

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