1787 Bowen - A New and Complete Chart of the World; Displaying the Tracks of Captn. Cook...

SOLD: 1787 Map of Captain Cook's voyages until his death in the Sandwich Islands

Title:

A New and Complete Chart of the World; Displaying the Tracks of Captn. Cook, and Other Modern Navigators

Map maker:

Thomas Bowen, Banke's New System of Universal Geography

Place and Year:

London, 1787

Dimensions:

46.5 x 33.1 cm (18.3 x 13 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

This fascinating map of the world is filled with Captain Cook's routes from all three voyages. A key at bottom right corresponds to the various tracks of each voyage. In North America, there is a fictitious River of the West, while Alaska is shown with a fairly correct shape. A note on the northwest coast of the continent mentions Fou-sang, a mythical Chinese colony allegedly established in the 5th century.

The Sandwich Islands are shown and noted as the place where Capt. Cook was killed. The South Pacific is filled with islands, and New Zealand is fully formed. Tasmania is still attached to Australia, which is shown with an incomplete southern coastline. There are numerous detailed notations throughout.

CONDITION NOTES

A dark impression on a clean sheet with a few minor chips and edge tears confined to the blank margins that have been archivally repaired. Issued folding and now flattened.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00005

REFERENCES

Phillips (Maps) p. 1094.

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