Antique Maps of New Zealand

Carte de la Nle Zelande visitée en 1769 et 1770 par le Lieutenant J. Cook Commandant de L'Endeavour Vaißeau de sa Majesté.


COOK, Capt. James.

Origin: Paris, Saillant et Nyon & Panckoucke, 1774.

From a French edition of Hawkesworth's important work "An Account of the Voyages... for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere", first published the year before. Although New Zealand had been discovered by Abel Tasman in 1642, it was only with Cook's circumnavigation that the belief that it was part of a great southern continent was dispelled.

Condition: Uncoloured; a fairly light impression overall, good margins, light brown stain in the sea area, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 490 x 385mm (19¼ x 15¼ inches).

Reference: 15512

Price: £1250

Carte de la Nouvelle-Zélande.


DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jule Sebastian C.

Origin: Paris, 1835.

A map of New Zealand after the voyages of Jules Sébastian César Dumont D'Urville in the corvette 'Astrolabe' in 1829. Engraved by Ambroise Tardieu.

Condition: Coloured; possibly old or original colour, trimmed close at bottom margin, with no loss of printed surface, bottom right corner torn off diagonally (this would be covered in framing), signs of old fold from book, otherwise a good example.

Size: 335 x 220mm (13¼ x 8¾ inches).

Reference: 12326

Price: £210

La Nouva Zelanda trascorsa nel 1769. e1770. Dal Cook Comandante dell' Endeavour.


ZATTA, Antonio.

Origin: Venice, 1778.

A cornerstone map to any collection and the first published atlas map of the whole of New Zealand. Based on discoveries made on Cook's first voyage, but published shortly before his official accounts. Cook's tracks are clearly marked as well as his soundings and astronomical observations. Both the North and South Island are shown in detail, as Cook sailed off the coast for 6 months, finally proving that New Zealand was not part of the Great Southern Continent. Of great interest is Stewart Island, mapped as a peninsular, and Banks Peninsular, mapped as an island. Antonio Zatta (fl. 1757-1797) a prominent Italian cartographer, editor and publisher. From 'Atlante Novissimo'.

Condition: Original colour; very light marginal staining and spotting, light spotting in one place on the South Island, otherwise fine. This example is end bound from the book and does not have a centrefold.

Size: 445 x 360mm (17½ x 14¼ inches).

Reference: 15705

Price: £1950

New Zealand.



Origin: London, John Tallis & Co., 1851.

With engraved vignettes including prospects of Auckland and Wellington and a Maori's tattooed face. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour, with some recent embellishment to the border and vignettes; very slight overall age-toning, overall very good.

Size: 340 x 260mm (13½ x 10¼ inches).

Reference: 12418

Price: £320

New Zealand.



Origin: 1842.

A delightful manuscript map of New Zealand by T.W.Pickstock and dated 1842. Well executed and quite accurate, the scale in the bottom right is in "British Miles". Notes on the South Island refer to: "High Mountains said to be covered with perpetual snow".

Condition: Manuscript, original colour; light soiling to margins, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 245 x 175mm (9¾ x 7 inches).

Reference: 15586

Price: £240

The Head of a New Zealand Chief curiously tataowed [sic]


COOK, Capt. James.

Origin: London, Gentlemans' Magazine, c.1775.

An engraving of a tattooed New Zealand Chief, published in the "Gentleman's Magazine".

Condition: Uncoloured; light age-toning and soiling, otherwise fair to good.

Size: 165 x 105mm (6½ x 4¼ inches).

Reference: 15391

Price: £30

The Islands of New Zealand.



Origin: London, SDUK, 1838.

A map of New Zealand. Published by Chapman & Hall (1844) for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and engraved by J & C Walker.

Condition: Original outline colour; light age-toning to the edges of the margins, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 395 x 310mm (15½ x 12¼ inches).

Reference: 12296

Price: £170