Auction 127, Lot 149

"Imperial Map of Canada and Arctic Regions of North America", Caldwell, Robert

Subject: Arctic, Canada & Alaska

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 17.3 inches
55.4 x 43.9 cm

A large, fine map made to be sold separately for 6 pounds colored or 9 pounds for "extra colored" as noted at top. This example has a backstrap along the fold, so it was obviously issued in an atlas rather than separately. The map stretches from Russians Settlements (Alaska) to Iceland, and south into the northern reaches of the United States. Banks Lands is a vague, tiny sliver of land below the North Georgian Islands, also not fully delineated. Near Point Barrow is the notation "Point reach'd by the Blossom" and further east is the point reached by a boat from the Blossom. In 1825-1828 Captain Beechey's expedition to the Pacific Ocean reaching as far north as Point Barrow, the furthest point into the Arctic of any non-Inuit at the time. The states and provinces are not delineated. Published in 1849 by the Scotsman Robert Caldwell of Edinburgh.


Condition: B+

Boldly engraved with heavy lines, full original color and wide margins. Some marginal foxing with just a few spots in map, and two short tears in blank lower margin closed on verso.

Estimate: $150 - $190


Closed on 2/25/2009