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A Chart of New Zealand explored by Captain James Cook in 1769 &c 1770 in His MAJESTY’s Bark Endeavour
Map of New Zealand by Captain James Cook published 1816
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||British Hydrographic Office|
|Size Of Original:||w18" x h23.5"|
|Paper Type||Cotton Rag|
In 1816, the British Hydrographic Office under Thomas Hurd produced this chart for its vessels. It is a very rare first edition and it was continuously consulted by the Royal Navy into the twentieth century. Because of the complexity of the assignment and the great accuracy of the survey, it is also considered to be one of Cook's very finest maps, and one of the truly great achievements of Enlightenment cartography.
From the 1769 exploration of New Zealand and the southern seas Cook returned with no less than 200 surveys. As early as 1773 the surveys made by Cook (with Richard Pickersgill - First Mate of the Endeavour) were used to produce charts and maps for public consumption. Most notable amongst them is one included in John Hawkesworth's ‘An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… (London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773).