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Stock# 37231
Description

Rare map showing the tracks of Archibald Campbell's long boat trip from Sannack to Kodiak (then Russian America) in 1807.

This map, showing the southwestern tip of Alaska and several Aleutian Islands, is from a German Serial containing numerous articles and book reviews on geographic and political-statistical subjects from all over the world, and was apparently published to illustrate an article discussing the travels of Archibald Campbell. The map shows Campbell's trip, beginning at Sannack Island along the Aleutians to the northeast, touching on "Pinnacles" and "Foggy C.", before reaching the Straits of Chelikoff, where he travels along the northern coast of Kodiak, before reaching his destination in the north part of the island.

The map is derived from Archibald Campbell's report of his travels in the Alaska and the Aelutian Islands. While in China, Campbell joined the crew of the American ship, Eclipse, sailing out of Boston and captained by Joseph O'Cain (called "O'Kean" in the text here). He departed China and went on to Japan and Kamchatka, and finally to Alaska, where the Eclipse was shipwrecked in 1807. Campbell wintered at the Russian base at Kodiak in 1808, where he met Baranov, who happened to be there at the time, and gives a valuable description of life on Kodiak. After his shipwreck on Kodiak, both of Campbell's feet froze, and they were eventually amputated.

The map is quite scarce, with no record of prior offerings in AMPR or otherwise.