C1774

Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure a la Nle. Zelande / Baye des Ilses dans la Nle. Zelande / Baye de Tolaga dans la Nle. Zelande

Rare engraved map of New Zealand from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773). Titles in English versions was: River Thames and Mercury Bay, New Zealand. Bay of Islands … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure a la Nle. Zelande / Baye des Ilses dans la Nle. Zelande / Baye de Tolaga dans la Nle. Zelande

Date:

C1774

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

435mm 
x 280mm

Paper Size: 

475mm 
x 310mm
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Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure a la Nle. Zelande / Baye des Ilses dans la Nle. Zelande / Baye de Tolaga dans la Nle. Zelande - Antique Map from 1774

Genuine antique
dated:

1774

Description:

Rare engraved map of New Zealand from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

Titles in English versions was: River Thames and Mercury Bay, New Zealand. Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Tolaga Bay in New Zealand.

Three maps on the one sheet of the north-east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, River Thames, Mercury Bay, Tolaga Bay and the Bay of Islands, visited by Cook 22 October to 6 December 1769. Cook visited Tolaga Bay 22-30 October 1769 and replenished the ships water and fire wood. Sailing north, Cook found a large bay whose shores were lined with lush cultivated areas, and which he named Bay of Plenty. Anchoring on the west side of the Bay, Cook and an astronomer, Charles Green, who had accompanied the expedition, went ashore to observe the transit of Mercury across the Sun, and so Cook named the bay, Mercury Bay,  3 – 15 November 1769. Cook then entered Firth of Thames on 20 November, 1769 and explored the area until 25th. From Firth of Thames, Cook sailed to the Bay of Islands 30th November, 1769 and explored until 6 December. From there, the Endeavour continued its north-westerly course along the coast until a river was sighted and Cook went ashore in what is now Firth of Thames. River Thames and Mercury Bay.

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

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: Mercury Bay, 1.216A, ill.p.214, Bay of Islands, 1.226A, ill.p.222 Tolaga Bay, 1.196A, ill.p.196 Reference; Beddie 660, p.124,.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: Tooley 340.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 783.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967.: 30940.
Beddie, M. Bibliography of Captain James Cook, RN,FRS, Circumnavigator. Sydney 1970: 659.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1680211
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand: Map Coll-NZGB-1/4/47/Acc.54733
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers:RB/DQ990A/89
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: Identifier : ark:/12148/bpt6k5493702m

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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