Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales, from Cape Tribulation to Endeavour Straits. By Lieut. J. Cook, 1770. COOK: FIRST VOYAGE, J. after Captain James COOK CHEEVERS.

Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales…
Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales, from Cape Tribulation to Endeavour Straits. By Lieut. J. Cook, 1770.

London: 1773.

Engraved map, 325 x 360 mm; mounted.

The Queensland coast charted by Cook on the Endeavour

This fine engraved map is the earliest published charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage. Prepared by Cook himself, the map details the tracks and anchorages of the Endeavour as the expedition sailed north along the coastline in 1770.

This fine engraved map is the earliest published charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage. Prepared by Cook himself, the map details the tracks and anchorages of the Endeavour as the expedition sailed north along the coastline in 1770.

Far North Queensland was a difficult passage for the Endeavour of course: the ship ran aground on a shoal near the Hope Isles and required numerous repairs at Endeavour River. The expedition's naturalists, Joseph Banks, Herman Spöring and Daniel Solander, used the delay as an opportunity to collect Australian flora for European study. Cook's chart, which was published in this form for Hawkesworth's official account of the first voyage, shows the exact spot of the reef where the ship went aground, as well as "Endeavour River, where we beached the ship". The track to Cape York, including the passage through Providential Channel, is marked. The original manuscript version from which this was prepared, now in the British Library, is reproduced in Historical Records of NSW (1893, plate 6).

Beddie, 860; David et al, Charts and Coastal Views, 1.304A.

Price (AUD): $2,850.00  other currencies Ref: #3502575

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