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Rare Captain Cook New Zealand antique map c1774.

Rare Captain Cook New Zealand antique map c1774.

by Cook, Captain James

Carte de la Nle Zelande vifitée en 1769 et 1770 par le Lieutenant J. Cook Commandant de l'Endeavour vaifseau de fa Majesté. (Chart of New Zealand visited in 1769 and 1770 by Lieutenant J. Cook Commander of the Endeavour vessel of Her Majesty.)

The most important map published on New Zealand. Original copperplate-engraved map by Benard for the first French edition of the account of Cook's Voyages, published in Paris in 1774. This was the first complete map of the two island's coastlines as charted during Cook's first voyage. It shows the track of Cook's ship Endeavour, with dates at locations, and depth soundings. Cook's impressions of the mountainous interior of New Zealand is obvious from the engraving.

This rare chart is much in demand. It is unfortunate that there is a tear across the top right of this map and of map at left. The map has been conservation-repaired where necessary and the sides have also been conservation reinforced. The map would have been published uncoloured, but the subtle later colour suits the map and minimizes its condition. The price reflects its condition.)

Page size is approximataely 525 x 410 (20 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches)


Stock Number: amNZCook25PPrice: $2,200.00