C1788

Cartes des Isles Sandwich. Plan de la Baye de Karakakooa.

Scarce map showing the Islands of Hawaii with an inset of Karakakooa Bay. One of the earliest obtainable maps of Hawaii based on the first map of the Hawaiian Islands published in the official English edition of the accounts of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Cartes des Isles Sandwich. Plan de la Baye de Karakakooa.

Date:

C1788

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

345mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

408mm 
x 282mm
AUTHENTICITY
Cartes des Isles Sandwich. Plan de la Baye de Karakakooa. - Antique Map from 1788

Genuine antique
dated:

1788

Description:

Scarce map showing the Islands of Hawaii with an inset of Karakakooa Bay. One of the earliest obtainable maps of Hawaii based on the first map of the Hawaiian Islands published in the official English edition of the accounts of Captain James Cook’s third and final voyage of discovery. This map was issued only four years after Cook’s chart.

The map features the tracks of Cook’s ships with an inset of Kararkooa Bay at lower left.

Cook discovered the Hawaiian Island of Kauai (Atooi) on 19 January 1778, spending four days exploring and engaging with the natives of Waimea. He then sailed to Nihau on 30 January 1778, departing 2 February in search of the Northwest Passage. Cook returned to the Hawaiian Islands, sighting Maui (Mowee) on November 26 1778. Unable to land, he then sailed on and charted the island of Hawaii. At Kealakekua, on 17th January 1779 he received an enormous welcome by a flotilla of Hawaiian canoes. The Islanders, believing Cook was an incarnation of the God Lono, hosted a grand ceremony in his honour.

Cook left February 4 1779, amidst increasing tension between natives and crew members. While proceeding along the Kohala coast, the ships encountered a gale. A damaged mast on theResolution  forced the ships to return immediately to Kealakekua for repairs. After tools were stolen from the Discovery, (the armourer’s tongs and later a cutter). Cook went ashore on 14 February with nine marines and attempted to take Kalani`opu`u, a powerful Hawaiian Island chief, as hostage. A scuffle ensued between the Hawaiians and Cook’s shore party resulting in the death of Cook and four marines. After the skirmish a truce was declared, communication was resumed and the damaged mast repaired. The British requested the return of Cook’s remains, however only part of Cook’s body was returned along with his personal effects. The Resolution andDiscovery left Hawaii February 22 1779 under the command of Captain Charles Clerke and Captain James King.

From Bonne’s, Atlas Encyclopedique, Contenant La Geographie Ancienne, et Quelques Cartes sur La Geographie du Moyen Age, La Geographie Moderne, et les Cartes Relatives a la Geographie Physique.

References:
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 361. p.121.
Suarez, T. Early Mapping of the Pacific. Singapore 2004: fig 146, p.151.


Rigorbet Bonne (1727 - 1794)

Bonne was an important French cartographer active in the later part of the C18th. In 1773 Bonne succeeded Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity, Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. Bonne’s work represents an important step in the evolution of the cartographic ideology away from the decorative work of the 17th and early 18th century towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic.

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