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[The first map of the Pacific, in superb original colour] Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1608 or 1612, Italian text edition. Fine original colour. 345 x 495mm.
The most sought-after map from Ortelius's map production, depicting the Pacific and most of the Americas. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
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AA, Pieter van der.
[An unusual depiction of the Australian coastline] Indien onder den Heer Lopo Vaz De Sampayo, als Gouverneur Generaal tot aan Nieuw-Spanje in American on Kusten van Peru en Chili bevaaren. Leiden, 1708. 160 x 230mm.
Map of the East Indies, the Pacific and west coast of America, engraved to illustrate the account of the voyages of Lopo Vaz de Sampayo, who travelled to India with Vasco da Gama and became the Governor of Portuguese India (1526-1529). When he was recalled in disgrace he is reputed to have introduced tulips to western Europe. Published in the 'Naauwkeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en landreysen na Oost en West-Indien'. The title is on a tent, erected on a beach with ships at anchor behind, covering Australia on the map.
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Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine.
[A pre-Cook chart of the South Pacific] Carte Reduite Des Mers Comprises Entre l'Asie et l'Amerique Apelées par les Navigateurs. Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacificque.. Paris, 1742-56. Coloured. 590 x 830mm.
A large and detailed chart of the South Pacific, originally published in 1742 but here updated to 1756. Published nearly 15 years before Cook's first circumnavigation, it only shows partial coastlines for Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. It also omits Hawaii, discovered by Cook in 1778, during his Third and last voyage around the world. The chart is decorated with a fine rococo cartouche.
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COOK, Captain James.
[Cook's chart of the South Pacific from his First Voyage] Chart of part of the South Sea, Shewing the Tracts and Discoveries made by His Majesty's Ships, Dolphin, Commodore Byron, & Tamer, Capt.n Mouat, 1765. Dolphin, Capt.n Wallis, & Swallow, Capt.n Carteret, 1767, and Endeavour, Lieutenant Cooke, 1769. London: Strachan & Cadell, c.1773. 370 x 655mm.
Firs edition of Cook's chart of the South Pacific, engraved by William Whitchurch for the Official Account of Cook's First Voyage, which appeared in Hawkesworth's 'An Account of the Voyages... For making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere'. Cook's route across the South Pacific from Cape Horn to New Zealand and Australia is marked.
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[Map of the Pacific showing the routes of the British explorers] A map of the new discoveries in the south sea, with the tracks of the navigators (1784) London: G.& T. Wilkie, 1785. Original colour. 200 x 340mm.
Map of the Pacific Ocean showing the routes of Furneaux (in Adventure; 1773 - 4), Wallis (in Dolphin; 1767), Carteret (in Swallow; 1767), Byron (in Dolphin; 1765) and Cook (in Resolution; 1773 -74). Engraved by M. Smith.
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LA PÉROUSE, Jean F.G.
[The atlas volume from an English edition of La Pérouse's Voyage, with a view of Maui] Charts and Plates to La Pérouse's Voyage. London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1798. Atlas volume only. Modern half calf gilt with marbled boards; 69 numbered maps and plates, as called for, including 1 folding and 21 double-page charts.
Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (1741-88?). Inspired by Captain Cook he used the period of peace with Britain after the Treaty of Paris (1783) to mount a French scientific expedition to the Pacific. Passing around Cape Horn, he visited Chile, Easter Island, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Japan and eastern Russia. Stopping at Kamschatka, he sent his papers back to France by land, before setting off again, going to Samoa, Tonga and Botany Bay, Australia. Again he used contact with Europeans to send back more papers, this time with the British ship 'Sirius'. He set sail again, having left word he expected to be back in France by 1789, but was never seen again.
An expedition in search of La Perouse was sent out in 1791, but failed to find any trace. In 1826 artifacts from La Perouse's boat, the 'Astrolabe, were found by reefs off Vanikoro in the Santa Cruz group. Modern expeditions, 2005 & 2008, have determined that both ships of the expedition hit the reefs and sank. There were a number of survivors, some of whom were killed by the locals and others who left the island on a makeshift boat to disappear. The ones that remained died before they were discovered.
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LA PÉROUSE, Jean F.G.
[A chart of a Spanish voyage to Australasia] Carte d'une Partie du Grand Océan à l'E. et SE de la Nouvelle Guineé pour l'intelligence du Voyage de la Frégate Espagnole la Princesa commandée par D. Franc.o Antonio Maurelle en 1781. Paris, 1797. 340 x 495mm. A very fine example.
A chart of the south western Pacific, showing the route of Francisco Antonio Mourelle (1750-1820) from Tongo to New Guinea in 1781. The east coast of Australia is shown, according to Cook's first voyage, The chart was published in La Perouse's 'Voyage autour du Monde', an account of a French expedition around the Pacific, which disappeared after dropping of a copy of their logs.
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[Miniature map of Polynesia] Nea-Polynesia, or The Islands Newly Discover’d in the Pacific Ocean London: Faden, 1798. Original colour. Sheet size 155 x 180 mm.
Map of Polynesia engraved by Palmer for Faden's 'Atlas Minimus Universalis'. William Faden was geographer to George III.
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BRUÉ, Adrien Hubert.
[A superbly detailed four-sheet chart of the Pacific] Océanie ou Cinquième Partie du Monde Comprenant l'Archipel d'Asie, l'Australasie et la Polynésie (ou le Continent de la Nouvelle-Hollande et les Îles du Grand Océan.) en outre Une Grande Partie de l'America et des Côtes de l'Asie. Paris: Desray & Goujon, 1814-17. Four sheets with original hand colour. Each 520 x 770mm, total map area 1040 x 1540mm. Very fine condition, wide margins
A detailed French wall map of the Pacific, although not quite reaching the Bering Strait, with parts of North American and the West Indies, and the coasts of Asia to Burma. Unusually Brué has listed his sources, which include Freycinet & Flinders in Australia, Arrowsmith, Dalrymple and D'Anville. Published in the 'Atlas Universel', it is one of the earliest detailed maps of the Pacific. First published in 1814 this example has been updated to 1817.
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[Map of the Pacific with the routes of the explorers] Océanie ou Australasie et Polynesie Dediee et Presentee au Roi... Paris: Bassett: 1817. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 510 x 760mm.
Detailed chart of the Pacific with spider's web of explorers' routes, including Byron, Cook, Vancouver and la Perouse. Published in 1817 the dedication is to Louis XVIII, the Bourbon king restored to the French throne after the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.
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