Auction 111, Lot 35

"Map of the North Polar Region", U.S. Hydrographic Office

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1879 (circa)

Publication: Narrative of the Second Arctic Expedition

Color: Printed Color

31.3 x 24 inches
79.5 x 61 cm

A beautiful example of this infrequently seen circumpolar map that details arctic explorations to date. Red overprinting shows routes, locations, and important events of the major Arctic expeditions, from Hudson (1607 to 1610) to about 1880. The latest expedition shown is George S. Nares' 1876 attempt to reach the pole via Smith Sound and Robeson Channel and to explore the northern parts of Ellesmere Island as well as Northwest Greenland . Other expeditions noted include those of Perry, Mackenzie, Wood, Hayes, Beechey, Green, Rodgers, and Long. Large inset shows sea view of "Wrangell Land As seen from the Bark Nile of New London, Capt. Th. Long. Aug. 14th 15th & 16th - 1867; 15 to 18 miles distance". Published by The Graphic Co., 39 & 41 Park Place, N.Y. A very lovely example of this chart.


Condition: A

Clear impression and fine coloring. Segmented into 15 panels mounted on linen. The linen is sound with no flaws and two marbled paper panels on verso. A few insignificant spots, else fine.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/8/2005