Auction 125, Lot 256

"Map of the Hawaiian Group or Sandwich Islands by the U.S. Ex. Ex.", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: Hawaii

Period: 1841 (dated)

Publication: U.S. Exploring Expedition

Color: Black & White

Size:
11 x 8.4 inches
27.9 x 21.3 cm

A large scale scientific investigation of the Hawaiian Islands began with the visit of naval commander Chares Wilkes in 1840-41. This map is a marked improvement over previous maps of Hawaii. The coast lines of Maui and Oahu are more accurate (despite a few flaws) and Wilkes managed to convey a vivid image of the mountainous terrain.

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Condition: B+

Nice example with full margins. A trace of foxing at upper right in blank area and soft fold along centerfold.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/24/2008

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