C1773

Chart of the Island Otaheite, by Lieut. J. Cook 1769.

Rare c.18th engraved map of Tahiti, named Otaheite based on James Cook’s surveys of the island which was the main aim of his first Pacific voyage in the Endeavour. Cook arrived at Otaheite on 13 April 1769, to measure the transit … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chart of the Island Otaheite, by Lieut. J. Cook 1769.

Date:

C1773

Engraver:

 

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

405mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

443mm 
x 281mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chart of the Island Otaheite, by Lieut. J. Cook 1769. - Antique Map from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

Rare c.18th engraved map of Tahiti, named Otaheite based on James Cook’s surveys of the island which was the main aim of his first Pacific voyage in the Endeavour.

Cook arrived at Otaheite on 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 only once every 120 years.  The group that took the measurements were, Cook, Sir Joseph Banks, British, astronomer Charles Green and Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander. 

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.

From: Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,…

 

References:
Hakluyt Society, The Charts and Coastal Views of Captain Cook's Voyages. Volume 1. The Voyages of the Endeavour 1768-1771. No. 42. London 1988: 1.118A  ll. p.112.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 782.
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 648.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 861232
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 910.41 H31V
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS Q77/16
State Library South Australia: 990T

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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