The First Atlas Map of Hawaii--Copied Directly From The Official Map of the Discoveries of Captain James Cook

A very attractive and early copper engraved chart of the Sandwich Islands surveyed by Captain James Cook on his third and final voyage around the Pacific. with a large inset ‘Plan de la Baye de Karakakooa’.

Cook's tracks through the island chain in 1778 and again in 1779 are traced. The chart incorporates a nice large compass rose.

This was where the great explorer met his end, in 1779, being killed by natives of the island as he went ashore.

An important early map of the area.

V good hand colour

Excellent condition.

code : M5296

Cartographer : BONNE Rigobert

Date : 1780 Paris

Size : 23.5*34.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £395

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Rigobert Bonne (1727-1795), a prolific French cartographer, was active between about 1760 and 1788, working in the French Hydrographical Office, and appointed as Hydrographer to the French King.

Bonne prepared a large number of charts, some of which appeared in the Atlas Maritime. Today, he is best known for the smaller maps that he prepared for Raynal’s Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, published in 1780, and the Atlas Encyclopedique, published in conjunction with Nicholas Desmarest. Although the maps are relatively plain, dispensing with the decorative embellishment of mid-century, they are detailed and provide good coverage of newly discovered regions.