Carte de L'Ocean Oriental ou Mer Des Indes

$A 525

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S/N: HDVG-0301-ASI–185422

Full Title:

Carte de L’Ocean Oriental ou Mer Des Indes




In good condition, with folds as issued.


Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

x 340mm


Map extending from the east coast of Africa to Western Australia, noting the discoveries of William Dampier at Shark Bay.

The Dutch trading activities in the Indian Ocean, primarily based on the spice trade centred around Goa, the Portuguese occupied fort city on the west coast of India. Later the Dutch occupied Ceylon and then ventured further to Malacca and finally discovered the route to the Moluccas Islands. Also known as the spice islands these were the only known source of Nutmeg and Mace, making them a highly valued prize. Australia’s west coast shown with Shark Bay named.

Jaques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772)

The French multifaceted hydrographer and geographer had an incredibly successful 50 year career producing maps. His illustrious career started at just 18 years of age when he was appointed Chief Cartographer to the French Navy in 1721. His attention to detail, accuracy and high standard of workmanship resulted in him playing an integral role to France’s leadership in European cartography. In addition to being the Chief Cartographer of France’s hydrographic office, he was also a member of the Académie de Marine,the Royal Society of London, and the Philosophes (a French intellectual group).

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