Auction 139, Lot 112

"Carte de la Partie de la Cote Nord-Ouest de l'Amerique Reconnue pendant les Etes de 1792, 1793 et 1794…", Vancouver, George (Capt)

Subject: Western North America

Period: 1799 (circa)


Color: Black & White

23 x 29.3 inches
58.4 x 74.4 cm

This remarkably detailed chart covers the entire scope of Vancouver's expeditions of 1792-94. These expeditions finally closed the door on the idea of a Northwest Passage and at the same time opened the region to commerce and the fur trade. His charts of the lower Columbia River were used by Lewis and Clark on their monumental explorations. The chart includes the entire west coast from below San Diego north to Cook Inlet and Kodiak Island in Alaska. The finely engraved chart shows surprisingly good detail along the coast as it locates Port St. Francisco, Monterey Bay, C. Mendocino, C. Fairweather and more. Good detail up the Columbia River to Pte. Vancouver. Dotted lines delineate the tracks of his ships. Drawn by Lieutenant Edward Roberts and engraved by Blondeau. A historical and desirable chart that is seldom offered in this larger edition.

References: Falk #1799-3.

Condition: B

A strong impression on heavy paper with light soiling and a few fold separations that have been professionally repaired. There are a few short tears in blank margins, and several folds have been reinforced on verso with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/15/2012