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Auction 116, Lot 827

"Carte de la Cote N.O. d'Amerique et de la Cote N. E. d'Asie…", Meares, John (Capt.)

Subject: North Pacific, Alaska

Period: 1794 (published)

Publication: Voyages de la Chine

Color: Hand Color

24 x 16.5 inches
61 x 41.9 cm
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This interesting map of Alaska and the Bering Strait details the explorations of Captain John Meares. The map shows the region explored by Capt. Cook as noted in the title, but the primary focus is on the tracks of Meares' expedition in 1788 and 89, ten years after Cook's expedition. Meares is one of the more colorful figures in the early European exploration of the Northwest coast and Alaska. He claimed many of the discoveries of others as his own and rekindled the idea of the Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage. His mythical inland sea appears stretching from the Strait of Juan de Fuca northwards to just north of the Queen Charlotte Islands, although it is not completely delineated. A note indicates that the American sloop Lady Washington captained by Robert Gray had explored this sea in 1789. This was a complete fabrication on the part of Meares; nevertheless it gave new credence to the idea and appears on several later maps as well.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed with a bit of light soil on folds.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/20/2006