C1793

Carte de la Nouvelle Caledonie (New Caledonia) Decouverte en 1774, Par le Capitaine Cook qui en reconnut la Partie Orientale.........

Mapmaker:

Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre (1766 - 1854)

Fine map by Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre (1766-185) of New Caledonia with insets of; Iles Beaupre and Havre de Balade. In 1791 the French Assembly decided to send an expedition to search for La Pérouse. The expedition was under the command … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte de la Nouvelle Caledonie (New Caledonia) Decouverte en 1774, Par le Capitaine Cook qui en reconnut la Partie Orientale………

Date:

C1793

Mapmaker:

Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre (1766 - 1854)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued. Without the offsetting that is normally present.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

760mm 
x 495mm

Paper Size: 

842mm 
x 605mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte de la Nouvelle Caledonie (New Caledonia) Decouverte en 1774, Par le Capitaine Cook qui en reconnut la Partie Orientale......... - Antique Print from 1793

Genuine antique
dated:

1793

Description:

Fine map by Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre (1766-185) of New Caledonia with insets of; Iles Beaupre and Havre de Balade.

In 1791 the French Assembly decided to send an expedition to search for La Pérouse. The expedition was under the command of Bruni d’Entrecasteaux and was supplied with two frigates, the Recherche and Esperance.The hydrographer for the expedition was the very capable Beautemps-Beaupre, who is regarded ‘as the father of modern French hydrography’.

D’Entrecasteauxs orders were to proceed to Cape Leeuwin and closely follow the New Holland coast, inspecting any harbours and then sail onto the Pacific, following La Pérouse’s intended route. At the Cape of Good Hope the expedition received news that the Admiralty Islanders on the north coast of New Guinea had been seen wearing French uniforms, so they quickly headed to the area, sailing via the Roaring Forties around the southern reaches of Tasmania, to New Caledonia and north to New Guinea. Not finding any evidence of La Pérouse, they sailed westwards to Cape Leeuwin, continuing to New Zealand and onto a number of Pacific islands. D’Entrecasteaux was unsuccessful in resolving the disappearance and died of scurvy off the eastern coast of New Guinea on 21 July 1793.

The continuing search for La Pérouse resulted in some of the great French voyages to the Pacific and Australia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

From Atlas du voyage de Bruny Dentrecasteaux, contre-amiral de France, commandant les fregates la Recherche et l’Esperance, fait par ordre du gouvernement en 1791, 1792 et 1793.

Biography:

Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré (1766-1854)

Beautemps-Beaupre was a French hydrographer, hydrographic engineer and cartographer.

He accompanied the D’Entrecasteaux expedition in search of La Pérouse in 1791, and made a valuable contribution of to the charting of the Pacific. Subsequently he was employed in all of the important hydrographic labours undertaken during the First French Empire and the Bourbon Restoration. He was elected a member of the Académie des sciences in 1810 and was appointed chief hydrographer and keeper of the Dépôt de la Marine (predecessor of the Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service) in 1814.

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