Auction 144, Lot 74

"Cote Nord-Ouest de l'Amerique Reconnue par la Cap.e Vancouver. 2e. Partie", Vancouver, George (Capt)

Subject: West Coast, United States

Period: 1799 (published)

Publication: Vancouver's Voyages (French Edition)

Color: Black & White

Size:
24 x 29.7 inches
61 x 75.4 cm

Beautifully engraved, large-scale, map featuring the coastal topography from Point Arena to just below the mouth of the Columbia River. The track of Vancouver's exploration in 1792 is shown complete with soundings. There is an inset of Trinidad Bay in California. During the summers of 1792-94, George Vancouver and the crew of the British naval ships Discovery and Chatham mapped the northwest coast of North America from Baja California to Alaska. Vancouver's voyage was the last, and longest, of the great Pacific voyages of the late eighteenth century. Taking the art and technique of distant voyaging to a new level, Vancouver eliminated the possibility of a Northwest Passage and his remarkably precise surveys completed the outline of the Pacific.

References: Wagner [NW] #853.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with minor offsetting near the title and some faint damp stains along the left border that do not impact the map image.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $250

Closed on 4/3/2013

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