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  • First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    An original copper engraving” Plan des Iles Hunter par M.M. Freycinet at Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’Ile Maria par Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’lle King par M. Faure, an 1802.Plan del’Archipel Bonaparte (a la Nouvelle-Hollande) par M.M. L. Freycinet, Ronsard et Boulanger, 1801 et 1803.

    The map is by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842). Plate No 5 from the atlas of his maps from the Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) published by Langlois in Paris, in 1811.

    The French had intended to colonise Australia. The first volume of this work was published in 1807. The second volume which contained the maps was in 1811 still three years before Flinders.

    Three maps on one sheet, thick sturdy paper, strong plate mark, excellent definition. Sheet dimensions 35.1cm by 26.1 cm. each individual map 10.4 cm by 8.4 cm. Quite a number of interesting features not the least the suggestion that the now Robbins Island is still connected to north west Tasmania.

    Tooley reference Map, 614

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Freycinet accompanied Nicholas Baudin on his famous voyage to complete the French mapping of Australia. Baudin leader aboard Le Geographie and Freycinet aboard Le Naturaliste. Whilst in Sydney Baudin sent the Naturalist home with the records of their effort so far and purchased a vessel from Philip Gidley King, the Casuarina, which he placed under Freycinet’s command. Baudin died on the final voyage home and the task of writing up the travels fell to the naturalist Francois Peron. Sadly, he in turn died before completing the work and the mantle was passed to Louis Freycinet who completed that task and produced the magnificent accompanying atlas.

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    $360.00

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  • Map of Ningbo Zhejiang China – Bellin after Thornton -1746

    Map of Ningbo Zhejiang China – Bellin after Thornton -1746

    An original copper engraved map titled “Carte de l’Isle de Che-chan ou Isle de Chusan de la Province de Che-kiang avec les Costes et Isles voisines”. Engraved by J van Schley for Jaques Nicolas Bellin Cartographer to the French Navy. It was published in Paris in 1746 as part of Prevost’s History of Voyages. The underlying charting ahd been completed by the Englishman Thornton.

    The great city of Ningbo near Shanghai is seen just off the map at the top named them Ning-po .. with a note that it is known by Europeans as Liampo. The Che Kian Province now known as Zhejiang.

    The map is 32cm by 21 cm to the border of the printed image. Folds as original. In pretty good condition with nice colouring and a nice compass rose. Now a very busy harbour its interesting to see so many depth measurements marked.

    Price $120.00 unframed

    Interesting chart of the coastal area around Ningbo

    $120.00

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  • Easter Island Monuments – Cook’s Second Voyage – Benard Paris 1785

    Easter Island Monuments – Cook’s Second Voyage – Benard Paris 1785

    An original copper engraving from 1785 of the monuments at Easter Island. Engraved by Benard and published in Paris as part of the French version of Cook’s Second Voyage.

    “Moumens dans l’isle de Paques” a deep and dramatic depiction. Classical overtones and yet in a modern sense even “Daliesque” … we really admire the structure.

    Printed area 36cm by 21cm with near invisible central fold as issued. Strong thick paper and a strong dark ink image.

    Would frame nicely in Voyager uncoloured map style in cream mat with black core and charcoal frame. Here priced unframed at $190.00. Just enquire if you wish the framing option.

    Striking Image for the Easter island Curios

    $90.00

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  • (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    One of the most striking and coveted island maps from the early 17th Century – Sancta Helana.

    Engraved by Benjamin Wright for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1603 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”

    Distinctively signed by the elusive Wright in his abbreviated fashion near the bottom center of the plate.

    Am miniature map 12cm by 9cm to the printed borders. A Voyager favourite.

    Price framed in Voyager Miniature map style in beaded gilt frame with gilt fillet.

    $360.00

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  • Map of the Banda (Nutmeg) Islands – Bellin – 1755

    Map of the Banda (Nutmeg) Islands – Bellin – 1755

    An intriguing 18th century map of the Banda Islands (The Nutmeg Islands) in the Dutch East Indies by cartographer to the French Navy Nicolas Bellin published in Paris circa 1755. An original copper plate engraving with a strong clean image.

    The lucrative nutmeg trade first saw the Portuguese in the island group followed by the Dutch who built a substantial fort and became dominant. A total Dutch takeover was effected by Coen of the Dutch East India Company in 1619 when thousands of local inhabitants were massacred. The English tried around the edges until during the Napoleonic Wars took control briefly but in doing so moved many nutmeg trees to Sri Lanka reducing the long dependency on Banda for the exotic spice.

    Map dimensions 21cm by 19cm attractively coloured.

    Price $140.00 unframed.

    An interesting historical map … no nutmeg without Banda!

    $140.00

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  • Map of the Pacific Ocean – 1747 Cartographer – Bellin

    Map of the Pacific Ocean – 1747 Cartographer – Bellin

    A nice early map of the Pacific (“La Grande Mer du Sud”) engraved in copper by Cosmant from the cartographer Bellin strictly after a map by Herman Moll for Dampier.

    Tropical trade winds are shown based on Halley’s 17th century wind map.

    One can see why his work became an essential reference for future explorers – Cook included. Interesting features such as the pre-Cook form of New Holland, California shown as an island and in the bottom right the Isles of Juan Fernando where Dampier was to maroon Alexander Selkirk of Robinson Crusoe fame.

    Price framed in a charcoal black frame and a cream mat board with black core. Please ask if you would like this item unframed.

    1747 Century Map of the Pacific – Fine condition … Click on me to see the full map!

    $340.00

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