Pacific Shore Maps
Title: “Carte Particuliere de la Cote de Nord-Ouest de l’Amerique Reconnue par les Frigates
Francaises La Boussole et l’Astrolabe in 1786..3ieme Feuille”
Cartographer: La Perouse
Date and Place: c1797; Paris
Reference: “Atlas du Voyage de la Perouse”
Dimensions & Type: 19 x 27 inches ( 50 x 69 cm); BW copper-plate engraving
Condition: VG, but printers crease left of centerfold (see image)
A map from the ill-fated voyage of M. La Perouse undertaken for the greater glory of La France. The story is one of high adventure and mystery.
Fortunately, before the Expeditions disappearance in the South Seas, La Perouse had the foresight to send what items he had collected home from a stop in Kamchatka (another story in itself relates to how the maps and artifacts finally got to Paris).
The 3rd sheet of La Perouse’s examination of the west coast of the now USA, this chart covers from Monterey to Cap Rond. It is in bare outline except for Monterey (which la Perouse actually visited), Cape Mendocino ( where a volcano is noted), Cape Blanc and Cape Rond, all of which have some topographic detail shown.
The is also a rough outline of the entrance and Port de St Francis (San Francisco). The ships track is shown as well.
An attractive and important map/chart. The printers crease detracts a bit and the price is adjusted according. On heavy stock with no trimming