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A Map Exhibiting All the New Discoveries in the Interior Parts of North America

Arrowsmith, Aaron

  • Publisher: A. Arrowsmith
  • Published: 1795-1819 , London
  • Condition: very good
A MAP EXHIBITING ALL THE NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE INTERIOR PARTS OF NORTH AMERICA, INSCRIBED BY PERMISSION TO THEHONORABLE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS OF ENGLAND TRADING INTO HUDSON BAY. IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR LIBERALCOMMUNICATIONS. TO THEIR MOST OBEDIENT AND VERY HUMBLE SERVANT A. ARROWSMITH. 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 showingnewest (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 thissplendid 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 inNorth 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 ofmountains 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. Othercopies 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 toArrowsmith 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 kepthim 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 Mappingof America.

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