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CARTARET, Philip. [Cartaret's map of the Santa Cruz islands]
Queen Charlotte's Islands. London, c.1773. Coloured. 250 x 405mm.
Original antique chart of Cartaret's discovery of the Santa Cruz Islands, north of the New Hebrides. In 1766 Philip Cartaret, who had just returned from Byron's circumnavigation, was sent out to the South Seas again. Having entered the Pacific through the Strait of Magellan he discovered Pitcairn Island and the Cartaret Islands (shown in an inset on this map), and was the first European to see the Solomon Islands in two hundred years. His account was included in Hawkesworth's important work 'An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere', the official account of Cook's First Voyage. However Cartaret was not happy with changes Hawkesworth made to his account, so rewrote it; lacking influencial patronage it remained unplublished until 1965.
[Ref: 12759]    £160.00 ($205 • €183 rates)


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