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Engraving - KILAUEA CRATER - from Wilkes' Expedition" -1845

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Engraving "KILAUEA CRATER" from Wilkes' "U.S. Exploring Expedition" -1845


These genuine 168 year old engravings were published in "NARRATIVE of the UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION" published in London by Wiley & Putnam in 1845. They were engraved by F. Halpin.

These prints are in good condition with mild age toning.  The size of the image is about 7 " x 5 " on a page that is 11 " x 7 ".  UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRINT HAD MINOR BOOKWORM HOLES (MAINLY IN THE MARGIN) AND HAS BEEN REPAIRED (SEE PIC.) THE PRICE HAS BEEN  ADJUSTED.

 Charles Wilkes ( 1798 – 1877) was an American naval officer and explorer. He led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 and commanded the ship in the Trent Affair during the American Civil War. Although credited with several "firsts", his behavior led to two convictions at court-martial.

In 1838, although not yet a seasoned naval line officer, Wilkes was experienced in nautical survey work, and was working with civilian scientists. Upon this background, he was given command of the government exploring expedition "... for the purpose of exploring and surveying the Southern Ocean, . . . as well to determine the existence of all doubtful islands and shoals, as to discover, and accurately fix, the position of those which [lay] in or near the track of our vessels in that quarter, and [might] have escaped the observation of scientific navigators." The U.S. Exploring Squadron was authorized by act of the Congress on May 18, 1836.

The United States Exploring Expedition, commonly known as the "Wilkes Expedition", included naturalists, botanists,mineralogists,taxidermists, artists, and a philogist. After having completely encircled the globe (his was the last all-sail naval mission to do so), Wilkes had logged some 87,000 miles and lost two ships and 28 men. Wilkes was court-martialled upon his return for the loss of one of his ships on the Columbia River bar, for the regular mistreatment of his subordinate officers, and for excessive punishment of his sailors.

This print is rare. The books "Wilkes' Expedition" sell on the Iinternet for up to $50,000 and the prints and maps sell for up to $450 each.

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