Auction 142, Lot 236

"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: Hand Color

11.4 x 8.3 inches
29 x 21.1 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.

References: Fitzpatrick #88.

Condition: B

Faint offsetting and toning along the centerfold with several light damp stains. Four wormholes in border have been repaired with paper.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/28/2012