Auction 130, Lot 803

"Carte des Cotes de l'Amerique et de l'Asie depuis la Californie jusqu a Macao", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1797 (published)

Publication: Atlas du Voyage de la Perouse

Color: Black & White

Size:
27 x 19.8 inches
68.6 x 50.3 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.

This large-scale map shows the extent of La Perouse's expedition in the North Pacific. It covers the western coast of America from the Gulf of California to Alaska, and the east coast of Asia from Tartary to Canton, including Formosa, Japan and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). The tracks of the La Boussole and L'Astrolabe are shown. Engraved by Tardieu.

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Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened. There is some faint toning along one fold and a few spots in the wide margins.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $230

Closed on 12/2/2009

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