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Auction 107, Lot 157

"Carte Particuliere de la Cote du Nord-Ouest de l'Amerique … 1e Feuille", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: Alaska

Period: 1799 (published)

Publication: Atlas du Voyage de la Perouse

Color: Hand Color

27 x 19.5 inches
68.6 x 49.5 cm
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Large-scale map of the southeast coast of Alaska depicting the route of the voyage with only those parts actually surveyed from Bay de Clonard (Graham Island) to Mt. St. Elias. Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse commanded a French scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1785-88. Recognized as one the foremost naval commanders and navigators in France, he was selected by King Louis XVI to complete Captain James Cook's exploration of the western Pacific. La Perouse explored the coasts of the Gulf of Alaska and northwestern North America in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. After leaving America his expedition continued on to Asia where he explored from Kamchatka to Macao and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. His expedition vanished shortly after leaving Botany Bay, Australia, in 1788.

References: Wagner #84l.

Condition: A

Folds as issued, with minor flaws in margins. Light pink spot below title and uneven color in borders, still very good overall.

Estimate: $250 - $300


Closed on 6/9/2004