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Auction 157, Lot 722

"[Lot of 4] Map of the Hawaiian Group or Sandwich Islands by the U.S. Ex. Ex. [and] Groups in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean... [and] Map of the Sooloo Sea and Archiepelago... [and] Island of Tahiti", Wilkes, Charles

Subject: Pacific Islands

Period: 1841-42 (circa)

Publication: United States Exploring Expedition

Color: Black & White

Size:
11.3 x 8.4 inches
28.7 x 21.3 cm

This lot of four maps comes from Wilkes' United States Exploring Expedition and is focused on islands in the Pacific including:

A. Map of the Hawaiian Group or Sandwich Islands by the U.S. Ex. Ex., dated 1841. This map is a marked improvement over previous ones 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. Condition: Light scattered foxing. (B+)

B. Groups in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean Examined and Surveyed by the U.S. Ex. Ex.. Covers the region from the Caroline and Solomon Islands east to Samoa. Shows the routes of the five ships on the expedition in different patterns. Condition: Light toning, scattered foxing, faint offsetting, and a few mis-folds. (B)

C. Map of the Sooloo Sea and Archiepelago by the U.S. Ex. Ex., dated 1842. A map of the islands in the Sulu Archipelago in the southwestern Philippines. Topography and place names are shown, as well as the tracks of Vincennes, the first U.S. warship to circumnavigate the globe, and the tender Flying Fish, commanded by Wilkes to survey the area. Condition: A few faint spots, otherwise near fine. (B+)

E. Island of Tahiti. This map provides excellent detail of the topography and coastlines for the island of Tahiti. Some place names and anchorages are also included along the coasts. Condition: Light toning, minor foxing, and a short fold separation that just enters the border at top. (B)

Size varies slightly.

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Condition:

Issued folding. See description above.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $110

Closed on 5/4/2016

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