Map. Uncolored Engraving. Sheet measures 15" x 19" This charming map of the World on a hemispheric projection depicts the voyages and discoveries of Captain Cook. The map notes the routes of the three voyages of Cook and includes a small inset of the northern hemisphere near the bottom. The northern coast of Alaska is depicted "according to the Japanese". The Sandwich Islands or Hawaii (O-whu-hee), where Captain Cook was killed, are labeled such. Australia's east coast, 'discovered in 1770" is mapped with Van Diemen's Land or Tasmania attached to the mainland, reflecting the relatively early exploration of the region. George Bass would discover the strait separating the island from the mainland in 1789, a few years after this map was issued. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this map is the naming of the sea between Japan and Korea. The name either "Sea of Korea" or "East Sea" of the "Sea of Japan" has for centuries been mapped using different terms. Books and maps published as early as 59 BC have referred to it as the "East Sea" and later as 'Korea's East Sea'. After French and Russian explorers from the 18th century, including Krusenstern and La Perouse identified it as "Sea of Japan", the term became more popular. The name is even today a matter of historical and political dispute between the two countries. In this particular map, the sea is identified in favor of Korea (Sea of Corea). The map is in very good condition with minimal foxing. Original pressmark is visible Emanuel Bowen (1714-1767) was an English map engraver who served as Royal Mapmaker to George II of England and Louis XV of France. He worked with some of the most notable cartographers of the time such as Herman Moll, Thomas Kitchin, etc. and was well-regarded for his large, detailed, accurate, and overall attractive maps. His son, Thomas Bowen took over the business after his death. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The World including the Discoveries made by ...
Publisher: Thomas Bowen
Publication Date: 1781
Book Description London, 1785. Condition: Good condition. Copper engraved double hemisphere showing the newly discovered coasts of northwest America and east coast Australia, and newly discovered Hawaiian Islands. Vignette at the base of a north Polar view. Cook's routes are shown. One contemporary fold and the thin sheet has been laid down on light board, very clean impression. 17 3/4 x 11". Seller Inventory # 22400