"[Lot of 4 - Alaska]",
Period: 1780-1897 (circa)
An interesting group of maps detailing the development of Alaska from the 18th-19th centuries
1) Charte von Nortons Sund und von Berings-Strasse oder der Durchfarth zwischen Asien und America... provides details of Bering Strait, the coast of Alaska and includes Cook's route with dates from the third voyage. Large engraving of a native family inset at upper right. Black and white engraving with a tear repaired on the verso into the map about 3", and a couple of small fold separations. Grade B (15.3 x 10.5").
2) North Western America showing the Territory Ceded by Russia to the United States, S.A. Mitchell, 1872. This early map of Alaska is dated only ten years after the territory was purchased from Russia, known at the time as Seward's Folly. It shows Alaska with no organized areas and the interior virtually blank, save for the occasional river and Fort Yukon. Just a few villages are named and there is no sign of Mt. McKinley. Sitka is called New Archangel. One of the first atlas maps of Alaska Territory. A decorative grapevine border surrounds the map, which is in very good condition with original hand coloring, and a couple of minor marginal tears, not affecting the map. Grade A ( 14.3 x 11.5").
3) This small map of Alaska was created by Rand, McNally & Co., Chicago, circa 1895 . It has an inset of the Aleutian Islands. A clean example with printed color and an uneven binding side, not affecting the map. Grade A+ (10.3 x 7.4").
4) Alaska by The Century Co., New York, 1897 with printed color. Insets of Sitka, Glacier Bay and Vicinity and Western Portion of Aleutian Is.. Map has a torn piece about (4 x 1.5")on the right side that has been reattached by archival tape on the verso, and the centerfold is toned. Grade C+ (15 x 10.5").