Auction 159, Lot 714

"Chart of the N.W. Coast of America and the N.E. Coast of Asia, Explored in the Years 1778 and 1779", Faden, William

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1808 (dated)

Publication: General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

27 x 15.4 inches
68.6 x 39.1 cm

The copper engravings from A New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World…Complete Historical Account of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages… Edited by George William Anderson and published by Alexander Hogg in London, 1784-86. Cook's discoveries in the Pacific formulate the final chapter in 18th Century exploration. These engravings provide a delightful view of the discoveries, people and customs of the Pacific region.

This is the rare third state of this map published by Faden, dated 1808 in the note beneath the title and incorporating up-to-date information along the coast of America and inland in Russia and North America. It shows the coastline of northwestern North America and northeastern Asia, with particular emphasis on Bristol Bay north to the Bering Strait. The detail is focused on Cook's third and final expedition (1776-79), when he traveled up the northern reach of the Pacific in search of a Northwest Passage. His routes are traced and dated. Cook probed up along the Oregon coast in bad weather to Nootka Sound, where he rested and refitted his ships. They sailed forth to the Alaskan and Chukotskiy peninsulas and from there into the Bering Strait. Cook got as far north as 70° by 41° N before being forced back by the ice off Icy Cape. The expedition came south down the Russian coast and then east to Norton Sound. Cook's expedition then sailed south to Hawaii, where Cook was killed in a dispute with the natives. His second-in-command Clerke took over the expedition and they explored further in Hawaii before returning north to continue the exploration for the Northwest Passage. Engraved by William Palmer.

References: Kershaw #1192.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a hint of offsetting and a light damp stain concentrated along the bottom of the centerfold. There are short edge tears confined to the wide blank margins.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 9/14/2016