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Item No: 17080
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Le Isole di Sandwich Delineate sulle Osservazioni del Cap. Cook (a map of Hawaii showing the route of Captain Cook's last voyage).

This beautifully engraved first edition map of the Hawaiian Islands is from the third volume of Cassini's Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale (1792-1801). It is a remarkably accurate chart of the islands showing in detail the track of Cook's last voyage, with a notice of his death at "Karakakooa" (Kealakekua) Bay on "il di 24. Feb. 1780" (acually on February 14, 1779). The elaborate cartouche depicts Cook about to be stabbed by a native.