1798 Vancouver Sandwich Islands
This is a superb reproduction of the original antique copperplate engraved “A Chart of the Sandwich Islands as Surveyed during the Visits of His Majesty’s Sloop Discovery”. It was published by J. Edwards & G. Robinson, London in the first English edition of George Vancouver’s Voyage of Discovery of the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World in 1798. It remains the single largest map to focus on Hawaii that was published in the 18th Century. This striking chart prominently depicts the Hawaiian Islands while showing the progress of the expedition with dates and directional arrows. Included are insets of the Galapagos Islands and Cocoas Island. Vancouver’s expedition was one of the most important accounts of early Pacific Northwest exploration as well as a valuable source of information on the Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand.
Capt. George Vancouver first visited the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) as a midshipman under Capt. James Cook. He first sighted the islands during January 1778 on the HMS Discovery during Cook’s 3rd Voyage of Discovery (1776-1780). Vancouver’s map tracks his routes within the Hawaiian Archipelago during three seasonal visits (1792, 1793, 1794) while exploring the Northwest Coast of America during his search for the fabled Northwest Passage. He is widely considered to be one of the most accurate mapmaker’s of the late 18th century. His magnificent large format maps accompanied the official journals and were published posthumously following his death in 1798.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.