C1757

Carte Physique de la Grande Mer…

Rare c.18th map by Phillipe Buache of the Pacific Ocean and one of the earliest attempts at thematic mapping in the field of geology. This map illustrates Buache’s theory that geological features of land masses, particularly mountain ranges, continue under … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte Physique de la Grande Mer…

Date:

C1757

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

437mm 
x 315mm

Paper Size: 

470mm 
x 345mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte Physique de la Grande Mer... - Antique Map from 1757

Genuine antique
dated:

1757

Description:

Rare c.18th map by Phillipe Buache of the Pacific Ocean and one of the earliest attempts at thematic mapping in the field of geology.

This map illustrates Buache’s theory that geological features of land masses, particularly mountain ranges, continue under the surface of the oceans and interconnect the continents. The map shows Australia with the discoveries made by Able Tasman on his two voyages of exploration 1642-44 and a hypothetical east coast extending from Tasmania to the Solomon Islands.

Buache was a French geographer who studied under Guillaume Delisle and was nominated royal geographer in 1729. He established the division of the world by seas and river systems and believed in a southern continent, a hypothesis which was confirmed by later discoveries.

From: Buache, P. Cartes et tables de la geographie physique ou naturelle.

References:
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 272.
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973: 220.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2100526
David Rumsey Collection: List No: 5698.007

Philippe Buache (1700 - 1773)

Buache was a French geographe and trained under the geographer Guillaume Delisle, whose daughter he married, and whom he succeeded in the Académie des sciences in 1730. Buache was nominated first geographer of the king in 1729. He established the division of the world by seas and river systems. He believed in a southern continent, an hypothesis which was confirmed by later discoveries. His nephew, Jean Nicolas Buache (born La Neuville-au-Pont, 15 February 1741; died Paris, 21 November 1825), was also a geographer of the king.

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