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Auction 118, Lot 195

"Carte Particuliere de la Cote du Nord-Ouest de l'Amerique reconnue par les Fregates Francaises la Boussole et l'Astrolabe en 1786. 2e. Feuille", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: Western Canada & United States

Period: 1797 (circa)

Publication: Atlas du Voyage de la Perouse

Color: Hand Color

Size:
27 x 19.5 inches
68.6 x 49.5 cm

Jean-Francois de Galoup, 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. The British Admiralty provided scientific equipment to measure variations in magnetic compass readings and with the latest instruments for determining longitude. 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 Macao to Kamchatka and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. La Perouse was meticulous in sending copies of his extensive logs, maps and surveying information via other ships as well as overland. La Perouse's last contact was in the spring of 1788 with a British ship in Botany Bay, Australia. The expedition was never heard from again. Considered one of the greatest French voyages, the French Government decided to publish the story of the expedition when it became clear they had been lost. An English edition was published in London.

Large-scale map of the western coast of Canada from Cap Rond (in present-day Oregon) to Bay de Clonard (Graham Island) showing only the parts of the coast surveyed and most significantly missing the mouth of the Columbia River and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

References: Wagner #844.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now flattened. Right margin replaced to neatline, with a little facsimile. Left margin with close binding trim at bottom.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/6/2007

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