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Cook's 'Endeavour' aground for repairs (near Cooktown). c1774

Cook's 'Endeavour' aground for repairs (near Cooktown). c1774

by Cook, Captain James

Vue de la Riviere d’Endeavour sur la Cote de la Nouvelle Hollande ou le Vaisseau fut mis a la bande. (View of the Endeavour River on the Coast of New Holland where the Vessel was laid up.. in order to repair the damage she received on the rock (in the Barrier Reef).

Original copperplate engraving by Pierre Jacques Duret, published in Paris circa 1774 for the French edition, after the London publication in 1773 of John Hawkesworth’s Account of Cook’s Voyages. From the sketch by Sydney Parkinson (c1745-1771), natural history artist employed by Joseph Banks on Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, this important illustration is the first known landscape of the east coast of Australia, is a great illustration of Cook’s ship, Endeavour. This is also the first illustration of the site of the Cooktown pier in the Endeavour River.

James Cook (1728-1779) discovered and charted the east coast of Australia and named it New South Wales, during his first voyage from 1768 to 1771. For more than a hundred years, navigators used Cook’s meticulous charting of the east coast of Australia.

Thick hand-laid paper 250 x 365mm (9 3/4 x 14 3/8 inches). Image 200 x 335 mm (7 7/8 x 13 1/4 inches). In good condition with central vertical crease as issued, and with fine later hand-colour.


Stock Number: apCCEfrPrice: $925.00