C1775

Carte Reduite du Golfe de Bengale, depuis L’Isle de Ceylan Justquau Golfe de Siam, avec la Partie Septentroinale du Detroit de Malac.

Large c.18th chart of the Gulf Bengal, extending from the east coast of India and Ceylon to Cambodia, published in Mannevillette’s, Le Neptune oriental (Oriental Pilot), the most highly regarded pilot for the Eastern trade for both French and English … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte Reduite du Golfe de Bengale, depuis L’Isle de Ceylan Justquau Golfe de Siam, avec la Partie Septentroinale du Detroit de Malac.

Date:

C1775

Condition:

Repaired small worm holes on lower centrefold, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

662mm 
x 487mm

Paper Size: 

765mm 
x 542mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte Reduite du Golfe de Bengale, depuis L'Isle de Ceylan Justquau Golfe de Siam, avec la Partie Septentroinale du Detroit de Malac. - Antique Map from 1775

Genuine antique
dated:

1775

Description:

Large c.18th chart of the Gulf Bengal, extending from the east coast of India and Ceylon to Cambodia, published in Mannevillette’s, Le Neptune oriental (Oriental Pilot), the most highly regarded pilot for the Eastern trade for both French and English ships.

Note there are two versions of this chart, with changes and of totally different sizes, this is the 2nd issue and the smaller of the two versions, identified by;

  1. The title has had the font changed
  2. The chart has been reduced on the left side while on the right it has been extended to Cambodia.
  3. The large lettered place names have been changed / style of the font changed.
  4. The scale of distance has been removed.
  5. Additional towns have been added.

From about 1735 Mannevillette had set about collecting detailed charts of the known coasts from Africa to Australia and which with the financial support of the Comapne des Indes and the Academie des Sciences, published his ground breaking sea atlas, Le Neptune Oriental in 1745. The first issue comprised twenty two charts, superior to any previously available and consequently quickly became the indispensable atlas for ship owners, captains and pilots engaged in the Southeast Asian sea routes. In 1775 d’Apres issued the second edition of Le Neptune Oriental, expanded to approximately 69 charts which Mannevillette had applied his advances in navigational techniques which he had refined in the intervening 30 years.  There is no standard collation of the the second edition with the number of maps varying in atlases held by major institutional libraries. Mannevillette kept updating the charts and eventually this required a supplement, published posthumously in 1781 and reissued in 1797.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3726421

Jean-Baptiste de Mannevillette (1707 - 1780)

Mannevillette was a French mapmaker who had studied under the royal cartographer Guillaume de L’Isle and was one of the first to use the method of measuring distances from the sun and moon to determine latitude. He took part in numerous voyages to the East and was made director of the Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Navigation des Indes. All French ships navigating the Indian Ocean used these charts and as a consequence of this on board use, many are found in poor and damaged condition. References: Moreland p.134

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