London: A. Arrowsmith, 1795-1819. A MAP EXHIBITING ALL THE NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE
INTERIOR PARTS OF NORTH AMERICA, INSCRIBED BY PERMISSION TO THE HONOuRABLE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS OF ENGLAND TRADING INTO HUDSON BAY. IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR LIBERAL COMMUNICATIONS. TO THEIR MOST OBEDIENT AND VERY HUMBLE SERVANT
London: A. Arrowsmith, No.10 Soho Square, 1st January 1795. Additions to 1811. 1818.-1819.
Engraved, part hand-colored map, 51.25 by 63 inches with paste-over extension at top showing newest (Ross’) Arctic discoveries, sectioned into 6 sheets, mounted on linen. Protected with wrap-around contemporary marbled chemise and marbled Slipcase. A nearly fine copy of this splendid map. A large map beautifully printed in sections labelled with vellum tabs which allows this map to be displayed or researched in sections or as a whole. Originally published in 1795, but updated with the “newest discoveries” every few years, all the states of this map are important contributions to the cartography of exploration and discovery in North America.
Over the years versions of the map included the first large-scale depictions of
the discoveries of Alexander Mackenzie, David Thompson, Lewis and Clark, and Zebulon Pike – to name only a few. This rare 1819 issue includes the 1817-1818 discoveries into Lancaster Sound of John Ross in his ship Isabella. Ross infamously declared he saw a range of mountains closing the western end of the Sound, reversed his course and headed back to England, naming the mountains after the First Secretary of the Admiralty John Croker. Other copies of the map show “Croker Mountains” completely closing the Sound. In the copy offered here, there is simply a dotted line at the end of the Sound, reflecting the fact known to Arrowsmith that there was a dispute among the officers and crew about the existence of these mountains – which in fact, do not exist. Ross’ decision not to continue exploring the Sound kept him from discovering that the Sound is the key to proceeding to discover a Northwest Passage.
Cf. Rumsey 32; Cf. Stevens & Tree, 'Comparative Cartography', 48(f), Cf. Tooley, The Mapping
$36,000 USD. Item #294
Price (USD): $36,000.00