Rare chart of the Straits of Magellan from the Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de sa Majeste Britannique, the French edition of the official account of the first voyage of James Cook.
The chart details the Straits of Magellan and the truly complicated and treacherous nature of this passage. It depicts the discoveries of the navigators Byron, Wallis and Carteret. Terrific detail includes soundings, current directions, shoals and anchorages.
Four large land approach views (Cap des Vierges, Rochers Blancs, Cap Beau Tems and Vue du Port Famine) in upper portion show the land to be rugged and mountainous.