Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1785. Very Good. First French Edition. [Map 10.5x8.25in on 12.375x9.75in Sheet]; Plate No. 37, uncolored, copper engraving; Mild soiling with age toning at fore edge, horizontal fold crease. [Beddie 1543 and 1714-37 London, 1556 Paris]. Item #13730
This plan of the entrance to Nootka Sound was surveyed by Roberts and drawn in 1778. It is an important chart of a disputed area between the Great Britain, France and Spain and published in the London 1784-85 and Paris editions in 1785. However, there is some controversy on the survey sources of the original draft. The 22 year old William Bligh (1754-1817) was the Master on the 'Resolution' and argues that Roberts copied Bligh's surveys and took credit with the Admiralty. Lieutenant Henry Roberts (1756-1796) accompanied Captain Cook on the third voyage of the 'Resolution' and 'Discovery', 1776-1780. This voyage was to the islands of the Pacific, Australia, the Pacific Northwest America, Alaska, Kamchatka and Hawaii. In Hawaii, Cook was killed in a misunderstanding with the natives at Kealakekua Bay.