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Blog post from Tuesday, 25 February, 2014

A map of the world according to the latest discoveries shows the routes of several notable explorers, including Quiros (1605), Davis (1686), Bering (1741), Anson (1740-42), Wallis, and importantly, ‘the track of Cook’ - Cook’s 1770 voyage along the east coast of Australia and his exploration in the Southern Ocean.

The map was created by London publisher Robert Sayer between 1772 and 1775. He advertised that any of his available maps 'may be dissected, on boards, for the use of such learners of geography; whereby they may readily learn the situation of every kingdom, state or division. Price 7/6 each, in neat boxes’.

This is one of the earliest published maps showing Cook’s Australian voyage. It is also likely to be the first jigsaw puzzle to feature Australia.