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A CHART OF PART OF THE SOUTH COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND, INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF LANGLEY, ST. PETERS AND MIQUELON, ... BY JAMES COOK, SURVEYOR, 1774.
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Engraving on paper, three joined sheets 25 ¼ x 67 ¼ inches, sight, with a 7 ½ x 8 inch sheet extending Fortune Bay. Frame 31 x 81 inches.From The North-Atlantic Pilot for Newfoundland, Labradore, the Gulf and River St. Laurence. London: Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett.James Cook (1728-1779) joined the British merchant fleet at the age of 18 and the Royal Navy in 1755. As a result of serving in North American waters during the Seven Years’ War, he surveyed and mapped much of the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River and the coast of Newfoundland. His charts, included in The North-American Pilot, remained the standard navigational reference for those waters for over a century.This led directly to his commission as Commander of the HM Bark Endeavour for three Pacific voyages, in which he made the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.