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Description: This large beautifully engraved very important original antique map of the East Coast of Australia (New Holland), the first ever survey map from Cape Howe on the Vic/NSW border to the tip of Cape York, QLD by Captain James Cook during his first voyage of discovery, was engraved by J G Scmidt and published in the first French & German editions of Hawkesworth's Voyages in 1773. The map also includes the original names given by Cook, in English, along the east coast along with the tracks of Cooks ship the Endeavour, with depth soundings in fathoms.
Background: The map originated from pain staking surveys recorded by Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery to the south seas - where he surveyed extensively the coasts of both Australia & New Zealand. This map with many others was later published by John Hawkesworth in the 1773 publication of An account of the voyages undertaken by order of His Present Majesty for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere ... London : W. Strachan & T. Cadell.
The first printed account of the first voyage under Cook's command was surreptitiously edited and printed by Thomas Becket only two months after the expedition returned to England, it was published almost two years before the official account by John Hawkesworth appeared. As described on the title page, the book related "various occurrences of the voyage, with descriptions of several new discovered countries in the southern hemisphere." The work also provided much information about the native inhabitants encountered on the voyage, including "a concise vocabulary of the language of Otahitee" [Tahiti]. The text was quickly disseminated with a second English edition published in Dublin as well as translations into German and French the following year. French editions were printed in 1773, 1777, 1782, and 1793.
Condition Report: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 32 1/4in x 16in (820mm x 405mm) Plate size: - 31in x 15in (790mm x 380mm) Margins: - 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Small repair to right margin, no loss Plate area: - Folds as issued Verso: - None