New Zealand map Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure Cook 1774
Title: Riviere Tamise et Baye Mercure a la Nle. Zelande.
Baye des Isles dans la Nle. Zelande. Baye de Tolaga dans la Nle. Zelande.
Description: New Zealand charts from the first Captain Cook voyage to the Thames River and Mercury Bay with insets of The Bay of Islands, and Tolaga Bay. A explanation with depts. anchor places and the route of Vaisseaux.
Origin: Voyage das L’Hemisphere Austral, et autour du Monde, fait sur les Vaisseaux de Roi, L, Aventure & la Resolution… Ecrit par Jacques Cook, Commedant de la Resolution…
In three voyages James Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions.
James Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him. Australasia, Oceania & Pacific Islands Antique Prints.
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Size: Sheet app.: 45 x 29 cm. 17.75 x 11.25 inches. Image app.: 43.5 x 28 cm. 17 x 11 inches. Condition: Fine strong engraving with folds as published. Short borders. Small marginal repair.