Auction 163, Lot 245

"Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique des Possessions Russes", Buchon, Jean Alexandre

Subject: Alaska

Period: 1825 (published)

Publication: Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique ... des Deux Ameriques

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.4 x 14.8 inches
44.2 x 37.6 cm

This map is similar to those issued in Carey and Lea's American Atlas, but is unique to Buchon's French publication. It presents a largely undeveloped Amerique Russe with 8 undefined provinces noted along the coastline. The map spans from Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) through the Aleutian Islands and incorporates the discoveries of Vancouver and La Perouse. A small inset depicts the far western reaches of the chain. On a full folio sheet (27.5 x 21.5") with French text flanking the map that describes the region, climate and population. The capital is listed as Sitka, consisting of 60 houses and 1,000 people. Buchon issued his maps on finer paper and they are usually found in much finer condition than his American counterparts.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #1176-3.

Condition: A

On a clean sheet with just a hint of offsetting of the map border.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/14/2017

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