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A striking example of the first French edition of Cook's first map of Hawaii. Shows Cook's Tracks through the Islands, including dates, topographical features of the islands and a large inset of Karakakooa Bay. Cook left Hawaii in 1779 having coasted most of the major islands and having done a remarkably accurate job of mapping the islands for a first visit. The great debate regarding this map is whether the work was done by Henry Roberts or William Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty Fame. While the text of the Third Voyage credits Roberts, the British Hydrographical Office copy of the Official Account includes Bligh's manuscript notes claiming to have constructed the maps. Small repaired hole near in center. A wide margined example of the first map of Hawaii.