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  • Captain Cook Plane Table Frame collection(3)

    Letter of thanks from London Exhibitions Ltd, 1905
    Plane table frame used by Captain James Cook
    Exhibition loan receipt for Captain Cook's Chart Rule, 1905

    The Captain Cook Plane Table Frame Collection consists of a boxwood surveyor's plane table frame and a letter and receipt relating to the frame's display at the 1905 London Naval, Shipping and Fisheries exhibition. The plane table frame and associated documentation are good condition.

    Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1780 produced accurate maps, extensive collections of natural history specimens and ethnographic objects, and advances in navigation which revolutionised European understanding of the Pacific, and led to British colonisation of Australia and New Zealand. The plane table frame is believed to have been used by Cook on these voyages to map of the coasts of New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, and a number of other Pacific islands and their anchorages. The frame's associated documentation also attests to the passion for Cook relics which begins with the sale of his effects before HMS 'Resolution's' mast in 1779 and continues to the present day.