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Auction 195, Lot 786

"Carte de la Cote N.O. d'Amerique et de la Cote N.E. d'Asie Reconnues en 1778 et 79. Par le Capitaine Cook. Et Plus Particulierement Encore et 1788 et 89...", Meares, John (Capt.)

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1795 (circa)

Publication: Voyages de la Chine

Color: Hand Color

24.1 x 16.8 inches
61.2 x 42.7 cm
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This scarce and interesting map of Alaska and the Bering Strait details the explorations of Captain John Meares. As noted in the title, the map shows the region explored by Captain Cook, but the primary focus is on the tracks of Meares' voyage in 1788-89, ten years after Cook's expedition. Meares is one of the more colorful figures in the early European exploration of the Northwest coast and Alaska. He claimed many of the discoveries of others as his own and rekindled the idea of the Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage. His mythical inland sea, Archipel du Nord, appears stretching from the Strait of Juan de Fuca northwards to just north of the Queen Charlotte Islands, although it is not completely delineated. A note indicates that the American sloop Lady Washington, captained by Robert Gray, had explored this sea in 1789. This was a complete fabrication on the part of Meares; nevertheless it gave new credence to the idea and appears on several later maps as well.

References: Kershaw #1174; McGuirk #218.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on a watermarked sheet with minor foxing and offsetting and a few tiny wormholes. There is a bit of extraneous creasing along a couple folds at top.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 11/15/2023