The Old Print Shop

North Pacific.

  • ARTIST: James Imray

  • PUBLISHER: London Published by James Imray & Son, 89 Minories and Tower Hill.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving

    DATE: 1880, (1881).

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 40 x 73" plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: A scarce large scale, three-sheet, blue-backed chart This chart depicts all of the Northern Pacific There are forty inset maps of islands and harbor These insets include a large Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Honoruru (Pearl Harbor), Midway, Bonin, Guajan, Cocos and Socorro Islands. Working sea charts are inherently rare due to the nature of their use aboard ships. Although likely common when first made, the vast majority of them were either destroyed by use or destroyed intentionally when new updated versions were obtained. We have no records of ever seeing this chart before. James Imray, 1803-1870. Imray originally was in the stationary and account book publishing business. In 1836 Imray joined with Michael Blachford, a small sea chart publisher based in London. The partnership flourished and soon began to compete with the larger firm of Norie and Wilson. In 1846 Imray bought out Blachford, taking over as the sole proprietor. The firm later, led by descendants, survived into the 20th century.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for occasional short tear in sheet edge. Black & white.