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1788 Schraembl Map of the Northwest Passage (Alaska, Pacific Northwest)

NorthwestPassage-schraembl-1788
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Karte von den N.W. Amerikanischen und N.OE. Asiatischen Kusten nach den Untersuchungen des Kapit. Cook in den Jah. 1778 und 1779
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1788 Schraembl Map of the Northwest Passage (Alaska, Pacific Northwest)

NorthwestPassage-schraembl-1788


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Title


Karte von den N.W. Amerikanischen und N.OE. Asiatischen Kusten nach den Untersuchungen des Kapit. Cook in den Jah. 1778 und 1779
  1788 (dated)    15.5 x 27 in (39.37 x 68.58 cm)

Description


A rare German language variant of Cook's map of his explorations along the northwest coast of America and the northeast coast of Asia. Based upon original work by Cook's cartographer Henry Roberts. Depicts much of Siberia and Kamtschaka in Asia and, in America, shows Canada as far east as the western portions of Hudson Bay. Alaska and Asia are shown with considerable accuracy though Vancouver Island is missing. Shows several lakes west of Hudson Bay in what is today northwestern Canada. Numerous depth soundings detailed along the exploration tracks. In addition to Cook's work, also notes the explorations of Bodega and the inland discoveries of Hearn, and others. Engraved by I.C. Lackner for the 1788 edition of the Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas, plate no. 107.

Cartographer


Franz Anton Schraembl (1751 - 1803) was a Vienna based cartographer working in the later part of the 18th century. Schraembl was burnin Vienna and founded his firm in 1787, partnering with fellow Austrian Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly (1766 - 1820), and began his great work, the Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas in the same year. This ambitious large format atlas was to be based upon only the most up-to-date cartographic information available and is based upo the work of cartographers like D'Anville and explorers such as Cook, Roberts, and others. The atlas was finally finished in 1800 but becoming the first Austrian world atlas. The work unfortunately enjoyed only relatively minimal circulation, possibly due to its high cost. The low sales, unfortunately, drove Schraembl into insolvency. His business eventually recovered somewhat with the publication of a diverse array of materials ranging from literature to art books. When Franz Anton died in 1803, the firm was taken over by his widow Johanna and her brother, the engraver Karl Robert Schindelmayer. From 1825 the firm was taken over by his son, Eduard Schraembl.

Condition


Very good condition. Blank on verso. Wide clean margins. Original platemark visible. Original folds.

References


Phillips, Philip Lee, A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 694-50. Kershaw, Kenneth A., Early Printed Maps of Canada, 1149.
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