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First edition of La Perouse's plan of Monterey Bay, the earliest obtainable map of the region.

During his round the world voyage, La Perouse coasted southward along the California coast in 1786, passing San Francisco on September 10, and arriving in Monterrey on September 13, where he remained for 9 days, before setting out for the Philippines.

La Perouse's map of Monterey is the only one of his California maps from original sources. His other maps of California harbors derive from Spanish sources, obtained during the voyage. As a result, the detail in the region is excellent, especially in the interior.

An essential map for Monterey and 18th Century California collectors. Gorgeous example.