First published mapping of the Queensland coast, including the Endeavour River by J. CHEEVERS, after Captain James Cook - 1770 | Michael Reid Gallery

J. CHEEVERS, after Captain James Cook
First published mapping of the Queensland coast, including the Endeavour River, 1770

By lieut. J. Cook, 1770.

Chart of part of the coast of new south wales, from cape tribulation to endeavour straits.

Engraved map, 325 x 360 mm; mounted London, 1773.
$2,850

The earliest published charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of the Endeavour voyage. Prepared by Cook himself and published in Hawkesworth’s official account of the first voyage, it details the tracks and anchorages 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. Cook’s chart 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.

Beddie, 860; David et al, Charts and Coastal Views, 1.304A.

In association with Hordern House.

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