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Lot 555

Carte des Isles de la Société découvertes par le Lieut.t J Cook. 1769. 13½" x 18" map from a French atlas (Tome III Pl. 1re.), showing islands discovered by Lieut. (later Capt.) James Cook on his first voyage to the South Pacific. The islands are Bola Bola (Bora Bora), Otaha, Ulietea, Huaheine, Maurua, and Tubai. Printed on laid paper. Very good; light toning and soiling. The Royal Society in London placed Cook in charge of an expedition to Otaheite (Tahiti) whose purpose was to observe the transit of Venus across the sun in June 1769. After leaving Otaheite in July 1769, Cook visited the islands on this map and raised the Union Jack there. This was the first of Cook's three trips to the South Pacific; he was killed during his third voyage by natives of Hawaii (1779).
Estimated Value $400 - 600.


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