French edition of Henry Robert’s important world map on Mercator’s projection, highlighting the discoveries of Cook’s voyages.

Carte Generale offrant les decouvertes faites par le Capitaine Jacques Cook dans ce voyage et dans les deux voyages precedens…


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SKU: NL-01010 Category: Tag:
Date: ca. 1789
Place: Paris
Dimensions: 101 x 72 cm (40 x 28.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG


This is the French edition Henry Robert’s world chart showcasing the voyages of Captain James Cook, dissected and laid on linen – an atypical format for this map. Robert’s was an officer and hydrographer/cartographer on HMS Discovery on Cook’s third voyage (1776-1780), making him well suited for producing this map summarizing the discoveries of Cook.

The map was originally published in the French edition of Hawkesworth’s definitive account of recent British voyages of exploration (Relation des Voyages Entrepris par ordre de Sa Majeste Britannique Actuallement Regnante…).


Henry Roberts

Henry Roberts (1756–1796) was a notable officer in the Royal Navy, best remembered for his close association with the legendary British explorer, Captain James Cook.

Roberts embarked on Cook’s last two epic voyages of exploration, boarding the HMS ‘Resolution’ from 1776 to 1780. Throughout these journeys, Roberts played an instrumental role in mapping and charting previously uncharted territories.

Following the tragic death of Captain Cook in Hawaii in 1779, Roberts took on the significant task of preparing the official account of the expedition. His cartographic expertise culminated in the creation of numerous maps and charts, which not only were invaluable records of their explorations but also advanced European understanding of the Pacific domain.

Roberts climbed the naval ranks and eventually helmed his own command. His contributions extended to the early planning phases for the First Fleet’s expedition to Botany Bay, a foundational step towards the establishment of the inaugural European colony in Australia.

John Hawkesworth

John Hawkesworth (ca. 1715 – 1773) was a London-based editor who in 1772 was commissioned to compile and publish the journals of Captain James Cook.

Condition Description

Clearly well-traveled and used. Dissected and laid on linen. Foxing with some areas of discoloration.