London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
Engraving. Plate measures 9" x 8 1/2".
Striking map of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), with relief depicted by hachures and depths by soundings. Coordinates of the island are listed below the title. Published in Cook's "A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World."
Captain Cook (1728 -1779) was among the most famous and important explorer, navigator, cartographer and captain of his time, whose scientific and geographical knowledge influenced his successors well into the 20th century. He started sailing as a teenager and went on to join the Royal Navy in 1755. In 1766, he was commissioned to explore the Pacific and went on the sail thousands of miles across largely uncharted regions of the world. These three historic voyages led him to some of the first sightings of Antarctica, his discovery of many Polynesian islands, including the Hawaiian Islands, first European contact with east Australia, the circumnavigation of New Zealand and the first correct mapping of the Pacific Northwest.