Carte d'une partie de la Terre de Witt


Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779 - 1842)

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S/N: VDATAF-AM-WA-026–186667

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Carte d’une partie de la Terre de Witt




Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779 - 1842)


In good condition, with centre fold as issued.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 756mm


Map of the north west coast of Western Australia, between Port Hedland and Broome. The coast from Planaires Banks to Cape Leveque as charted by the Baudin expedition.

Insets: Plan d’une partie de la Terre de Witt, par M. L. Freycinet 1803 — Esquisse de Baie de Coupang (Cote S.O Ile de Timor) par M. M. Peron & Lesueur — Esquisse de la Ville de Coupang par Mr. Lesueur 1801.

Reference: Prescott 1812.26


Henri Louis Freycinet (1777-1840)

Louis de Freycinet in command of the Uranie left Toulon on 17 September 1817. His wife Rose had been smuggled aboard, and her presence was acknowledged by the time they reached Gibraltar. They made the usual French passage via Tenerife, Rio, the Cape of Good Hope and Mauritius, where Louis was reunited briefly with his brother Henri, then serving as the Governor.

The Uranie reached Shark Bay on 12 September 1818 and spent some time there, setting up an observatory and making further thorough surveys of the inlets and coast; it was during this visit that Freycinet also finally removed the Vlamingh plate.

From western Australia they headed to Coupang in Timor, and crossed to Dili, where the expedition was received in great state by the Governor. The vessel then picked its way northeast via Amboina, Pisang, Rawak and the coast of New Guinea, reaching Guam in mid-March 1819.

The expedition stayed in Guam for eleven weeks before heading to

Hawaii, which was first sighted on 5 August; they anchored in Kealakekua Bay three days later. They spent an important fortnight in the islands, making stays at Lahaina and Honolulu, and meeting any number of important figures there.

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