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Auction 178, Lot 541

"Chart of the Northern Passage Between Asia & America", Thomson, John

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1816 (dated)

Publication: Thomson's New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.4 inches
58.4 x 49.3 cm

Very informative and large map showing the development of the Alaskan and northwest coastline. Alaska is still a bit misshapen with virtually no interior topography. The tracks of Cook's voyage in 1778 and 1779 are traced. In the Arctic is a notation describing McKenzie's discoveries including a note where he reported seeing the sea on July 12th, 1789. The watercourse (MacKenzie River) from Slave Lake to the Arctic Sea is shown, along with interesting anecdotal notations ("Mountains with bright stones," "Strong Bow Indians," and "According to Indian Report a Sea a short way to the West"). Includes great detail of the Pacific coast with the exception of Puget Sound, which is quite tiny.


Condition: B

Watermarked "1816" with small stains, light soiling, and some extraneous creasing. Several tears have been repaired on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $95

Closed on 6/10/2020