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Georges Bank, Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) Chart of Georges Shoal & Bank

Auction:
3154T
Lot:
1344
Sold for:
$86$70

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Auction:
Discovery - 3154T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 17, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Georges Bank, Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) Chart of Georges Shoal & Bank. New York: Stiles, Sherman & Smith, 1837. Large folding map printed on sixteen separate squares of paper, mounted together on linen backing, evenly toned, 44 1/2 x 40 in.

Note: Wilkes was a controversial figure whose shipboard behavior some consider Melville's model for Captain Ahab. During the 1830s, he was head of the Department of Charts and Instruments for the American Navy, and produced accurate and reliable data for many detailed marine charts. He also explored the South Seas, the west coast of North America, and thereby circumnavigated the globe under sail, logging 87,000 miles at sea, although he was court-martialed when he returned.
Estimate $50-80


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Charles Wilkes, Georges Bank, model for Captain Ahab, Melville, head, American Navy, Department of Charts and Instruments, South Seas, west coast, Exploration, Travel

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