Auction 148, Lot 754

"A Map of the Discoveries Made by Capts. Cook & Clerke in the Years 1778 & 1779 Between the Eastern Coast of Asia and the Western Coast of North America, When They Attempted to Navigate the North Sea...", Carey, Mathew

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1795 (circa)

Publication: Carey's American Edition of Guthrie's Geography

Color: Hand Color

11.1 x 7.4 inches
28.2 x 18.8 cm

Mathew Carey was a seminal figure in early American publishing; establishing the first publishing firm to specialize in cartography and issuing the first atlas devoted exclusively to American maps. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for compiling, engraving, printing, and coloring maps. This practice was emulated by later American cartographic publishers such as John Melish and Henry S. Tanner. The American Atlas concept was also adopted by other publishers in both the United States and Europe.

This chart details the track of the explorations of Captain Cook in 1778 & 1779 including the ill fated stop in Hawaii, here called the Sandwich Islands. Covers the area from eastern Asia and Japan to California. The Aleutian chain is labeled the Northern Archipelago. Dotted lines show the routes traveled by the explorers. This map indicates the longitude measured from Philadelphia.

References: Wheat & Brun #24.

Condition: B

Issued folding on watermarked paper, now pressed flat, with a series of extraneous creases mostly concentrated on the right side of the map, minor soiling, and a tiny fold separation by Comptroller's Bay that has been archivally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $140 - $180


Closed on 2/19/2014