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Maury nautical charts 1852  

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Ten Wind and Current Charts issued by the United States Hydrographical Office

Maury, Matthew Fontaine

New York





  • Maury's Wind & Current Chart North Pacific. 6 Charts, Nos. 6-11 [Charts 1-11 were issued].
  • Maury's Wind and Current Chart Series A. Indian Ocean. 3 Charts, Nos. 4-6 [charts 4-11 were issued; 1-3 were not].
  • Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic. Chart No. 1 (of 8) (long tape-repaired tear)

Together, 10 lithographed charts. On sheets approx. 95x67 cm (37¾x26¼")

Maury's Pilot charts show the course and intensity of the winds over the year for each of the parts into which the total area has been sectioned. In describing the North Pacific charts, Warren Heckrotte notes "Each Chart extend from 0º to 40º N Lat. and together from 110º E Long. to 70º W Long.; that is, from China to west coast of North America. Ships routes, winds shown in color, varied according to season. Chart 6 has ship route dated 1853. The tracks of some famous ships are recorded; eg, Flying Cloud  and Sea Witch."

Provenance: Swann, 9/25/97

References: Maury, Explanations and Sailing Directions...; Physical Geography of the Sea. Leigh, Maury, Scientist of the Sea. The latter provides a list of Maury's Wind and Current Charts. Hayes, Historical Atlas of the North Pacific Ocean, pp 152-156, reproduces a portion of North Pacific Chart No.7.

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Some toning and wear, occasional soiling; overall very good.

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