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A Chart of the South-East Part of Newfoundland, Containing The Bays of Placentia, St Mary's, Trepassey and Conception. From Actual Surveys.
London: Printed for R. Sayer & I. Bennet at No. 53 in Fleet Street, "10 May 1770" but issued 1775. Double page engraved chart, 518 x 716 mm. A splendid map from the Newfoundland Survey, the project which established Cook's reputation and ultimately led to his appointment to the command of the Endeavour. Gilbert had surveyed the coast of Labrador between St. Peter's Bay and Cape Bluff in 1767 and the following year charted the coast of southeast Newfoundland between the Bay of Placentia and Conception Bay, which survey was the basis for this chart, with additions from Lane's 1772-73 surveys. Gilbert would later serve as master of the Resolution on Cook's second voyage. Recently the Newfoundland charts were used in the BBC series on Cook hosted by Vanessa Collingridge, in which the survey work was overlaid with satellite photographs to demonstrate its fundamental accuracy. Cook's charts were first published in 1769, under the title "A Collection Of Charts", but containing only ten maps; in 1769-1770 they were republished with additions by Jefferys as part of the first appearance of The North-American Pilot, very rare today. The maps were also available separately over the following years. This is an example of the second state of the map, with Sayer and Bennett's 1770 imprint, but identified by the number "III" in the top margin and a note of the magnetic variation for 1773, prepared for the 1775 issue of the Pilot. "Cook started by surveying the northwest stretch of coastline in 1763 and 1764, then in 1765 and 1766 the south coast between Cape Ray and the Burin Peninsula, an … [Click Below for Full Description]
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