1780 Cook Benard Antique Map of Bay of Awatska Kamtschatka Peninsular, Russia

Cartographer : Captain James Cook

  • Title  : Plan de La Baye De Awatska, Sur la Cote Orientale du Kamtschatka
  • Date  : 1780
  • Condition: (A) Very Good Condition
  • Ref # : 32174
  • Size  : 12 1/4in x 9in (310mm x 230mm) 


This fine original antique hand coloured map of the Bay of Awatska on the east coast of the Kamtschatka Peninsular, Russia with the harbors of Tareinska and Peter and Paul. In the upper left is a detailed inset of the harbor of St. Peter and St. Paul (Harvre de St. Pierre et St. Paul) was engraved by Robert Benard after John Webber - sketched during Captain James Cooks 3rd and last voyage of discovery, was published in the 1st French edition of Cooks voyages in 1780.

Cook's Third Voyage (1776-1779) In the course of his first two voyages, Cook circumnavigated the globe twice, sailed extensively into the Antarctic, and charted coastlines from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Following these achievements, Cook's third voyage was organized to seek an efficient route from England to southern and eastern Asia that would not entail rounding the Cape of Good Hope. The search for such a Northwest (or Northeast) Passage had been on the agenda of northern European mariners and merchants since the beginning of European expansion in the late fifteenth century. England's growing economic and colonial interests in India in the later eighteenth century provided the stimulus for the latest exploration for this route.

Cook, again in command of the Resolution, was to approach the Northwest Passage from the Pacific accompanied by a second ship, the Discovery, captained by Charles Clerke. The ships left England separately, regrouped at Cape Town, and continued on to Tasmania, New Zealand, and Tahiti. The expedition then sailed north and made landfall at Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands. Cook continued northward and charted the west coast of North America from Northern California as far as the Bering Strait. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in a skirmish with natives on February 14, 1779. Upon Cook's death, Clerke took command of the expedition but died six months later. The ships returned to England in 1780 under John Gore, who had commanded the Discovery after Cook's death. From start to finish, the voyage had lasted more than four years. (Ref Tooley; M&B; Clancy)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: -  Early
Colors used: - Yellow, brown, blue 
General color appearance: -  Authentic
Paper size: - 12 1/4in x 9in (310mm x 230mm)
Plate size: - 12 1/4in x 9in (310mm x 230mm)
Margins: - 1/2in (12mm)

Margins: - None
Plate area: - Folds as issued
Verso: - None