Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 900

"Carte du Detroit qui Separe l'Asie de l'Amerique, avec la Cote des Tschoutskis, Tracee d'Apres Les Observations faites dans la Mer Glaciale Depuis 1786 Jusqu' en 1794", Sauer, Martin

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1802 (published)

Publication: An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition. . .

Color: Black & White

24 x 15.5 inches
61 x 39.4 cm

This scarce map is focused on the Bering Strait between Asia and North America, and it describes the area from the Chukchi Sea and peninsula, Kamchatka and the Sea of Okhotsk across the Bering Strait to the Seward Peninsula, Bristol Bay, the Alaskan Peninsula across to the Aleutians, Kodiak Island and a bit of the Gulf of Alaska. The North American coastline extends as far south as Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet. The map illustrates the eight year geographical and astronomical expedition led by Commodore Joseph Billings of the British Royal Navy from 1786 to 1794. Billing's track leads from P. de St. Pierre et St. Paul in Kamchatka along the Aleutians to Ounalaschka north to I. Mattoui ou I. de Gore, I. de Clerke, Point de Rocher and then to the B. de St Laurent on the Bering Strait. This map is from the French edition of Martin Sauer's account of the expedition, and it was engraved by B. Tardieu.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression on good paper with a couple tiny pinholes. Issued folding, now flattened - some fold separations reinforced on verso. A faint smudge in lower right and some uneven light toning.

Estimate: $300 - $600


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