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Auction 188, Lot 739


"[Lot of 2] Oceana or Pacific Ocean [and] Map of Oceanica, Exhibiting Its Various Divisions, Island Groups &c.",

Subject: Pacific Ocean

Period: 1846-60 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A. Oceana or Pacific Ocean, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, from A New Universal Atlas, circa 1846 (15.4 x 12.4"). This handsome American atlas map details the Pacific Rim, spanning Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, and Kamtschatka to Alaska and down the coastlines of North and South America. Australia is divided into only three states: West Australia, South Australia, and New South Wales. No information on Antarctica is noted, but the small inset "Wilkes' Discoveries on a Reduced Scale" shows a portion of the Antarctic coast and locates volcanic rocks. The colonial possessions are indicated by color, and the key to the map notes that the underscored islands are where missionaries have found the most success. Reference: Rumsey #0537.071. Condition: Contemporary color with light toning and a few spots. (B+)

B. Map of Oceanica, Exhibiting Its Various Divisions, Island Groups &c., by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, dated 1860 (13.3 x 10.7"). This striking map of the Pacific subdivides the ocean into Malaysia, Australasia, and Polynesia. It extends to include much of North America, including the Alaskan peninsula. Within the United States the new state Oregon is identified. Australia is divided into West Australia, North Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. A plethora of small islands are named in the Pacific, but only the Hawaiian islands are shown in detail, in an inset at bottom right. Surrounded by a floral border. Condition: Pleasant light toning with binding holes and a couple of small edge tears in the blank margins. (A)



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Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $55

Closed on 6/22/2022