"[Lot of 2] Chart of the New Discoveries East of New Holland and New Guinea [and] The Pacific Ocean Including Oceanica with its Several Divisions, Islands, Groups &c.",
Subject: Australia, Pacific Ocean
Period: 1798-1850 (dated)
A. Chart of the New Discoveries East of New Holland and New Guinea, by John Russell, dated 1798, black & white, (8.8 x 6.6"). This small map covers Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. The map shows the tracks of explorers including Cook, Quiros and Bougainville. Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) is shown attached to New Holland (Australia) which was thought to be attached to the mainland until Matthew Flinders and George Bass circumnavigated it in 1798-99. Condition: Issued folding with two fold separations that extend 1" and 0.4" into the map image at top with some light offsetting. (B)
B. The Pacific Ocean Including Oceanica with its Several Divisions, Islands, Groups &c., by Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., dated 1850, hand color, (15.7 x 12.6"). Very finely engraved chart that shows all of the Pacific Ocean with a large inset of The Sandwich or Hawaiian Islands. There are numerous notes and a smaller inset that details 1800 miles of the Antarctica coastline as explored by the U.S. Exploring expedition in 1840. Sea routes for Steamers are traced from San Francisco and Panama (through Hawaii) to Manila and Canton with the mileages noted. The map is colored to show the European possessions of the British, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. Pale orange distinguishes those region controlled by native governments. Condition: Light toning and a few small edge chips and tears confined to the blank margins. (B+)
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