Oceana Australia Pacific Ocean Polynesia 1851 Cowperthwait Mitchell scarce mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
Oceana or Pacific Ocean.
(Australia / New Zealand- Polynesian Pacific islands).
Issued 1851, Phila. by Thomas, Cowperthwait for Mitchell.
Attractive and uncommon mid-19th century lithographed map with original hand color. Small inset lower left showing the recent "Wilkes' Discoveries" along the Antactic ice land mass. Color key denotes the colonial powers possessions. Hawaii called Sandwich Islands with mention of Capt. Cook death in 1779.
Paper and image remains clean and well preserved with a fine age patina and visual appeal unique to this era.
Sheet measures c. 17 1/8"H x 13 5/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 15 1/4"H x 12 3/8"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 1., p 308.
Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 313.