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Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales
London,, 1773.. Engraved map, 325 x 360 mm., original folds; small repaired tear to right-hand margin without loss; in fine condition. The earliest charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage.This map, prepared by Cook himself, details the tracks and anchorages of the Endeavour as the expedition sailed north along the coastline in 1770. Far North Queensland was a difficult passage for the Endeavour of course: the ship ran aground on a shoal near the Hope Isles and required numerous repairs at Endeavour River. The expedition's naturalists, Joseph Banks, Herman Sp?ring and Daniel Solander, used the delay as an opportunity to collect Australian flora for European study.Cook's chart, which was published in this form for Hawkesworth's official account of the first voyage (see catalogue number XX), shows the exact spot of the reef where the ship went aground, as well as "Endeavour River, where we beached the ship". The track to Cape York, including the passage through Providential Channel, is marked. The original manuscript version from which this was prepared, now in the British Library, is reproduced in Historical Records of NSW (1893, plate 6).Beddie, 860; David, Joppien and Smith, "The Charts and Coastal Views of Captain Cook's Voyages", 1.304A.
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