C1784

Sketch of Tongataboo Harbour, 1777.

Rare engraved map from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality. Chart of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sketch of Tongataboo Harbour, 1777.

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

405mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sketch of Tongataboo Harbour, 1777. - Antique Print from 1784

Genuine antique
dated:

1784

Description:

Rare engraved map from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.

Chart of the harbour of Tongatapu.

Cook had left Lifuka on 29 May 1777 and steered to the largest island of the Tongan group, Amsterdam or Tongatapu, and anchored by 10 June. This was Cook’s second visit to the island having been there previously on his second voyage. Cook stayed until 10 July 1777.

From Cook & King,A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere….

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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