Norie's chart of the Pacific Ocean
By NORIE, J[ohn] W[illiam] , 1825

A New Chart of the Pacific Ocean Exhibiting The Western Coast of America, from Cape Horn to Beerings Strait, The Eastern Shores of Asia Including Japan, China and Australia, and all the numerous Islands and known Dangers Situated in Polynesia and Australasia, Correctly drawn and Regulated according to the most Approved and Modern Surveys and Astronomical Observations By J.W. Norie, Hydrographer &c., &c.

Australasia & the Pacific Pacific
  • Author: NORIE, J[ohn] W[illiam]
  • Publisher: London, Published as the Act directs, by J.W. Norie & Co. at the Navigation Warehouse and Naval Academy No. 157 Leadenhall Street
  • Publication date: October 1st, 1825. Additions to 1836 & 1849.
  • Physical description: Engraved chart, on three sheets (of six), mounted on linen, inset charts of Honoruru, The Sandwich Islands, Karakakooa Bay, Port San Diego, and the entrance to San Francisco Harbour, tracks of American whaling ships marked in pencil, some crinkling and a few stains.
  • Dimensions: 1830 by 830mm (72 by 32.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1414


The northern part of Norie’s rare chart of the Pacific.

John William Norie (1772 – 1843) was a mathematician, hydrographer, chart maker and publisher of nautical books. His most famous work was the ‘Epitome of Practical Navigation’ (1805), which became the standard work on navigation and went through many editions. Norie began his career working with William Heather, who ran the Naval Academy and Naval Warehouse in Leadenhall Street from 1795, which sold navigational instruments, charts, and books on navigation. Norie took over the Naval Warehouse after Heather’s retirement and founded the company J.W. Norie and Company in 1813. After Norie’s death the company became Norie and Wilson, then in 1903 Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson.


  1. OCLC 54042340.