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Auction 174, Lot 183


"Plan of the Entrance of the Port of Bucarelli on the North West Coast of America...", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: Southeastern Alaska

Period: 1798 (dated)

Publication: Charts and Plates to La Perouse's Voyage

Color: Black & White

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm
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Jean-Francois de Galoup, Comte de La Perouse commanded a French scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1785-88. Recognized as one the foremost naval commanders and navigators in France, he was selected by King Louis XVI to complete Captain James Cook's exploration of the western Pacific. The British Admiralty provided scientific equipment to measure variations in magnetic compass readings and with the latest instruments for determining longitude. La Perouse explored the coasts of the Gulf of Alaska and northwestern North America in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. After leaving America his expedition continued on to Asia where he explored from Macao to Kamchatka and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. La Perouse was meticulous in sending copies of his extensive logs, maps and surveying information via other ships as well as overland. La Perouse's last contact was in the spring of 1788 with a British ship in Botany Bay, Australia. The expedition was never heard from again. Considered one of the greatest French voyages, the French Government decided to publish the story of the expedition when it became clear they had been lost. An English edition was published in London.

This large-scale chart covers a portion of today's Prince of Wales, San Fernando, Lulu, Noyes, Baker, and Suemez islands in the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle. There is excellent detail along coastlines plus scores of soundings in bays and harbors. Adorned with a simple compass rose with an arrow indicating north. Engraved by Neele and published by G.G. & J. Robinson.

References: Falk (AK) #1798-8; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.LPR-2a.

Condition: A

There is minor offsetting and a short centerfold separation that just enters the neatline at top.

Estimate: $100 - $130


Closed on 9/11/2019