C1860
 (1920)

[AUSTRALIA-TAS] Tasmania formerly Van Diemen Land From various authorities, including the Surveys of Captains M.Flinders, P.P.King, J.L.Stokes, and Lieut Burnett; Royal Navy, and James Sprent Esq., Surveyor General of the Colony, 1859.

Rare  detailed hydrographic chart of Tasmania, with much of the inland areas based on the extensive surveys of James Sprent. First issued in October 1st, 1860, this edition first published on 22nd October, 1913 and with small corrections to 1920. With three … Read Full Description

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[AUSTRALIA-TAS] Tasmania formerly Van Diemen Land From various authorities, including the Surveys of Captains M.Flinders, P.P.King, J.L.Stokes, and Lieut Burnett; Royal Navy, and James Sprent Esq., Surveyor General of the Colony, 1859.

Date:

C1860
 (1920)

Condition:

Some minor discolouration, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

975mm 
x 635mm

Paper Size: 

1002mm 
x 672mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-TAS] Tasmania formerly Van Diemen Land From various authorities, including the Surveys of Captains M.Flinders, P.P.King, J.L.Stokes, and Lieut Burnett; Royal Navy, and James Sprent Esq., Surveyor General of the Colony, 1859. - Antique Map from 1860

Genuine antique
dated:

1920

Description:

Rare  detailed hydrographic chart of Tasmania, with much of the inland areas based on the extensive surveys of James Sprent. First issued in October 1st, 1860, this edition first published on 22nd October, 1913 and with small corrections to 1920.

With three coastal profiles views; A. Freycinet Peninsula B. Mewstone to Eddystone C. Mewstone

Ink stamp of Turner & Henderson Admiralty Chart sellers, Sydney.

The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the Hydrographic Office was to ensure that commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners were able to have the most to up to date information available to safely navigate foreign waters and ports as new information of changes to sea depths, sand bars, wrecks or other any other pertinent nautical information that could hinder passage became available. As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic charts of the period rare.

James Sprent (1808 - 1863)

Sprent had arrive in Van Diemen's Land in May 1830 and opened a school for boys that year, offering classes in Latin, Mathematics and French. After being refused a free land grant in 1833, Sprent applied for the temporary position of assistant surveyor. He closed his academy and began work on a trigonometrical survey. He and Calder located and cleared 50 mountaintop stations across the east of the state, leaving markers visible from a distance, before work was suspended due to budget cuts in 1837. He was subsequently appointed permanent assistant surveyor. In 1847 he was appointed first-class assistant surveyor and in the same year lieutenant-governor William Denison re-established the trigonometrical survey. He then began working in the previously unexplored south west Tasmania, becoming the first European to view Federation Peak, which he dubbed "the Obelisk". In 1855 he was appointed deputy Surveyor General, and the following year, chief surveyor and acting Surveyor General, replacing Robert Power. At this time he had surveyed 206 high points which he considered necessary to produce an accurate map. He retired from fieldwork and began to reside in Hobart. In early 1859 his health deteriorated, and he was replaced by James Erskine Calder on the 1st of September 1859.

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