London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 22" x 21 1/4". London: W. Stahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
This incredibly detailed polar projection map of the Southern Hemisphere was compiled by Captain James Cook after his famous second voyage to the region. It depicts the coastlines of Australia, New Zealand, and other Southeast Asian and South Pacific islands, in addition to Madagascar and parts of Africa and South America. Most notably, the map includes detailed depictions of voyages to the region between 1595 and 1775. Surrounding the projection are latitude and longitudes of islands, many discovered in Cook's voyages. Map was beautifully engraved in 1776 by Gulielmus Whitchurch and published in "A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World". The map is in good condition, with minor offsetting throughout. Expert repair to tears along right margin. Some wear along original fold lines.
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.
Illustrator: Gulielmus Whitchurch