CARTE GENERALE D'UNE PARTIE DE LA COTE DU NORD-OUEST DE L'AMERIQUE
Date: 1797 Paris
Size: 69*49 cms
Important collectors map of North West Coast of North America.
From Monterey and San Francisco Bay, up the coast to Alaska and Mt Elias, this map gives the coastal outline and major terrain visible from the shore. La Perouse could be thought of as a French parallel to the English explorer, Capt. Cook, as he likewise was charge with explorer the Pacific and establishing trade.
The map exhibits excellent detail along the coast, tracking La Perouse's voyage on a nearly daily basis. The map also highlights the incomplete nature of La Perouse's survey of the Coastline, with many areas left blank, with the expectation of follow up voyages. Topographical details are included where observed by La Perouse.
La Perouse set sail from France in 1785 to continue the discoveries of Captain Cook. He was shipwrecked in 1788 and died during the voyage, but his narrative, maps, and views survived and were published in 1797.