Auction 117, Lot 221

"Plan of the Bay of Monterey Situate in North California…", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: California

Period: 1798 (dated)

Publication: Voyage Round the World…

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 10 inches
36.8 x 25.4 cm

This fine plan of Monterey Bay is from the English version of La Perouse's important exploration of the west coast. The map is oriented with north to the left and shows the entire bay and sweeping coastline from New Years Point (Santa Cruz) to Pine or Cypress Point and Carmelo Cove (Carmel). Locates the Presidio and Mission of St. Charles, anchorages, rocks and the coastal range inland (Mountains of St. Lucia). During his round the world voyage, La Perouse landed at Monterey in September of 1786, where he remained for nine days, before setting out for the Philippines. La Perouse's map of Monterey is the only one of his California maps derived entirely from original sources and is the earliest obtainable map of the region for collectors.

References: Wagner p.201 & #847.

Condition: A

Some soil and minor repairs in blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $475

Closed on 12/6/2006