C1784

view-of-sulphur-island-bearing-ene-william-bligh

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.  Map of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

view-of-sulphur-island-bearing-ene-william-bligh

Date:

C1784

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 260mm
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view-of-sulphur-island-bearing-ene-william-bligh - Antique Map 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. 

Map of the Japanese Island Iwo Jima Island (Sulphur Island) which is situated 650 nautical miles from Tokyo. It was charted by Cook’s expedition on 14 November 1779.

‘…and the strong sulphureous smell which we perceived, as we approached the point. … From these circumstances, Captain Gore gave it the name of Sulphur Island.’ Cook/King III, p.410

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

 

William Bligh (1754 - 1817)

Bligh was a naval officer and governor. He was descended from a family settled in St Tudy, Cornwall, since 1680, whose members had been mayors of Bodmin in the sixteenth century. William was entered in H.M.S. Monmouth on July 1762, was paid off the following February, and joined the navy on 27 July 1770. Since there was no vacancy for midshipmen, he was rated 'able-seaman', but he messed with the former and officially became one in February 1771. On 17 March 1776 he was appointed master of the Resolution, on James Cook's third voyage. On the voyage made a number of the charts.

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