c1769 Map of the Island of Tahiti by Lt James Cook


A very nice and unusual looking earliest engraved Map of the Island of Tahiti dated 1769 (Carte de L'Isle de Taiti, par le Lieutenant J. Cook, 1769.), by the then Lieutenant James Cook.

It gives a good idea of the topography of both the island of Tahiti and neighbouring Moorea. This was produced as part of his Edition of Cook Voyages, which included detailed descriptions, images of the people and lands, and accurate cartography of Oceania and Pacific Islands, including Tahiti. The books on his voyages were issued in 1774, in Paris, hence the information being in French. The map is in very good condition, with very minor creasing from how it was folded in the book. The map is stylishly mounted, framed and glazed.

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy, famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular. In these voyages, Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously charted by Western explorers. He surveyed and named features and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage, and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions. Cook was attacked and killed in 1779 during his third exploratory voyage in Hawaii. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge that influenced his successors well into the 20th century, and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him.

Size image: 40 x 23.5 cm (15 ¾ x 9 ¼ inches)
Size frame: 53.5 x 37 x 1.5 cm (21 1/8 x 14 ½ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1230g