Cook-Bligh Chart of the Sandwich Islands 1784
This superb reproduction of the original antique copperplate engraved “Cook-Bligh Chart of the Sandwich Islands” was published by Strahan & Cadell, London in the official admiralty edition of A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean… for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere in 1784. This historical first charting of the Sandwich Islands was performed by Captain James Cook, R.N., and assisted by young William Bligh (later of H.M.S. Bounty fame). This seminal chart of the newly discovered Hawaiian Archipelago was the basis for all later charts. The inset is of Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook met his untimely death on February 14, 1779. Included are the tracks of the Resolution and the Discovery following Captain James Cook’s discover of the Hawaiian Islands in January 1778.
Of additional interest is the fact that upon the return of the Resolution and the Discovery to England, Bligh was charged with negligence which contributed to the death of Captain James Cook. He was ultimately exonerated, however, in the interim, many of the maps and charts which he created were unattributed. Original charts and coastal profiles from Cook’s Third Voyage of Discovery (1776-1780) are distinguished by both their high degree of accuracy and their historic importance.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.