C1777

Chart of Discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean in His Majesty’s Ship Resolution Under the Command of Captain Cook 1774.

The first printed chart of New Caledonia and also showing Vanuatu from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage. Cook’s discovered the island group on 4 September 1774, which he named New Caledonia. The … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chart of Discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean in His Majesty’s Ship Resolution Under the Command of Captain Cook 1774.

Date:

C1777

Condition:

Repaired tear and right hand side margin reinstated otherwise in good condition. With folds as issued. Uncoloured as always originally issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

500mm 
x 390mm

Paper Size: 

542mm 
x 455mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chart of Discoveries made in the South Pacific Ocean in His Majesty's Ship Resolution Under the Command of Captain Cook 1774. - Antique Map from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

The first printed chart of New Caledonia and also showing Vanuatu from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s second voyage.

Cook’s discovered the island group on 4 September 1774, which he named New Caledonia. The Resolution remained in New Caledonia from 5 to 13 September, 1774. On leaving Balade, Cook sailed along the east coast of New Caledonia, discovering at the southern extremity, the Island of Pines. It was not possible to land on the island, but Cook did succeed in reaching a small islet near by, which he called Botany Isle. It was probably there that Hodges made his sketches of the island.

Cook had reached Maleku, Vanuatu (New Hebrides) on 17 July 1774 and made a careful survey of the islands which was completed on 1 September 1774. He named the islands the New Hebrides (Vanuatu).

From Cook’s, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the ‘Resolution’ and ‘Adventure’, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

References:
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 1336-III, 251
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 358.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967. 16245.

Collections:
Maritime Museum Greenwich: ID: PAI4118
National Library Australia: Bib ID 301103
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VvMokVOlGA / 74VvMoxg6JJX

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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