1797 Wilson Large Antique Map of the Duff Isles, Solomon Islands, South Pacific

Cartographer :Captain James Wilson

  • Title : Sketch of the Duffs Groupe Discovered September 25 1797 by Capt: James Wilson
  • Date : 1799
  • Condition: (A) Very Good Condition
  • Ref:  90620
  • Size: 12in x 9 1/2in (305mm x 240mm)  

This finely engraved original map of the Duff Island group - sometimes called the Wilson Islands - of the Solomon Islands - including Obelisk Island, Treasurers Island and Disappointment Island - was published in 1799  for the publication A missionary voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the ship Duff, commanded by Captain James Wilson.Compiled from journals of the officers and the missionaries. With a preliminary discourse on the geography and history of the South Sea Islands; and an appendix, including details never before published of the natural and civil state of Otaheite.

The Duff set out for Tahiti in 1796, but visited many island groups, including particularly Tonga and the Marquesas, and on the outward voyage the expedition visited Rio de Janeiro. A new group of islands, the Duff Group, was discovered among the Santa Cruz islands. The knowledge of Pacific geography was considerably extended. The mission met with continual difficulties because of the civil wars and were finally forced to flee to Australia, though returning some time later in 1815. (Ref: M&B; Tooley)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy & stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: -  
Colors used: -
General color appearance: -  
Paper size: - 15 1/2in x 10in (395mm x 255mm)
Plate size: - 15 1/2in x 10in (395mm x 255mm)
Margins: - Min 0in (0mm)

Margins: - Bottom margin cropped to border. light foxing
Plate area: - Folds as issued, light foxing
Verso: - light foxing