C1774

Entree de la Riviere Endeavour. Baye de Botanique dans la Nle. Galles Meridionale.

Rare pair of engraved maps on one sheet of Endeavour River and Botany Bay, from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773). The title in the English versions … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Entree de la Riviere Endeavour. Baye de Botanique dans la Nle. Galles Meridionale.

Date:

C1774

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 132mm

Paper Size: 

373mm 
x 253mm
AUTHENTICITY
Entree de la Riviere Endeavour.  Baye de Botanique dans la Nle. Galles Meridionale. - Antique Map from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

Rare pair of engraved maps on one sheet of Endeavour River and Botany Bay, from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage. published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

The title in the English versions was: Botany Bay, in New South Wales.  Entrance of Endeavour River, in New South Wales.

Pair of maps of Botany Bay and Endeavour River, from Cook’s first voyage.

Botany Bay

Cook discovered the bay on 28th April 1770 and explored the area until 6 May 1770.

‘…at day-break we discovered a bay, which seemed to be well sheltered from all winds, and into which therefore I determined to go with the ship….The Indians who had not followed the boat, seeing the ship approach, used many threatening gestures, and brandished their weapons..’ Cook Journals I, 3, p.490-491.

Cook named the bay on account of ‘The great quantity of plants which Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander collected in this place induced me to give it the name of BOTANY BAY.’ Cook Journals I, 3, p.504.

Endeavour River

The first map of Endeavour River where the Endeavour was careened for repairs after the ship hit a reef on its passage through the Great Barrier Reef which Cook named the Labyrinth.

‘In the morning of the 17th, though the wind was still fresh, we ventured to weigh, and push in for the harbour; but in doing this we twice run the ship aground..’ Cook Journals I, 3, 556

‘I sent also some of the young gentleman to take a plan of the harbour, and went myself upon a hill, which lies over the fourth point, to take a view of the sea.’ Cook Journals I, 3, 565

References; Beddie 660, p.124, Andrew (Hakluyt Society) 1.278A, ill.p.277 & 1.306A ill.p.307 (English edition), Tooley 343, p.47

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

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 4758824

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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