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It is a key work in the history and cartography of the north-west Pacific regions, and Alaska in particular, and this set in contemporary bindings, the three text volumes (including 18 engraved plates) in half calf gilt, rebacked to incorporate the original spines, and the atlas volume of 16 maps and charts in red half roan and grey boards, made $26,000 (£17,930).

Christie’s Los Angeles, February 21
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