Cook’s Christmas

By BONNE, Rigobert; and COOK, Captain James, 1789 

Terre de Kerguelen, Appellee par M. Cook, Isle de la Desolation [on sheet with] Plan du Port Palliser, dans la Terre de Kerguelen [and] Plan du Havre de Noel, dans la Terre de Kerguelen.

Asia Indian Ocean
  • Author: BONNE, Rigobert; and COOK, Captain James
  • Publication place: [Pardoue
  • Publisher: Rigobert Bonne and Nicolas Desmarest
  • Publication date: 1789–1790].
  • Physical description: Four charts on a single mapsheet, with contemporary hand-colour in outline.
  • Dimensions: 290 by 410mm. (11.5 by 16.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17599


Published in the Atlas encylopédique’, a French compilation of voyages including a French translation of the journals of his third voyage. The main chart depicts Kerguelen Island, or Desolation Island, in the southern Indian Ocean, which Captain James Cook visited on his third voyage in December 1776, finding shelter from a storm there on Christmas Day. The central map shows Cook’s track around the south of the island, with the incorrect date of 1772.

The sheet also includes two detailed charts of harbours on the island: Plan du Port Palliser, dans la Terre de Kerguelen’; and Plan du Havre de Noel, dans la Terre de Kerguelen’, as well as an inset bottom left showing two islands discovered by Cook and Marion du Fresne.