C1793

Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey’d Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia in 1792.

Important map of Australia oriented as if viewed from the northern hemisphere and one of only a handful of c.18th maps to focus solely on the continent. Tasmania is shown joined to the mainland, with an imaginary southern coast and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey’d Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia in 1792.

Date:

C1793

Condition:

Narrow top margin as usual and small section at surface damage to small area at lower map edge repaired, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

245mm 
x 215mm

Paper Size: 

285mm 
x 229mm
AUTHENTICITY
Chart Shewing the Track of the Waaksamhey'd Transport from Port Jackson in New South Wales to Batavia in 1792. - Antique Map from 1793

Genuine antique
dated:

1793

Description:

Important map of Australia oriented as if viewed from the northern hemisphere and one of only a handful of c.18th maps to focus solely on the continent.

Tasmania is shown joined to the mainland, with an imaginary southern coast and with the east coast shown according to the discoveries made by James Cook on his first voyage. A number of Dutch discoveries are shown, including: Hartog 1616, Houtman 1619, van Leeuwin 1622, Nuyts 1627, de Witt 1628 (incorrectly dated 1618), and Tasman 1642-1644.  The map shows Captain John Hunters return voyage to England on the Waaksamheyd .

The HMS Sirius under the command of John Hunter, had run aground on a reef at Norfolk Island 19 March 1790 and the ships company were consequently unable to leave the island for a year. During that forced stay, Hunter made a detailed survey of the island and in his dispatch of 1 March 1791, Phillip recorded Hunter’s suggestion of a safer landing place at Cascade Bay. Hunter left 27 March 1791 on the hired Dutch vessel the Waaksamheyd and steered a longer course to Batavia via the north coast of New Guinea and the Philippines. On his return to England, Hunter was court-martialed over the loss of the Sirius but was honourably acquitted of all blame. The tracks of his voyage are shown.

References:
Perry, T. & Prescott, D. A guide to maps of Australia in books published 1780-1830. Canberra 1996: 1792.07, p.68.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 1210.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 110. 152.
Crittenden, V. A Bibliography Of The First Fleet. ACT 1982: 110.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 857.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 13.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2280153
Royal Collection Trust UK: RCIN 1142189
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 H91H
National Maritime Museum Greenwich: Object IDPAD4659
State Library New South Wales: DSM/Q991/H

John Stockdale (1749 - 1814)

John Stockdale (1749-1814) Stockdale started life in modest circumstances as a porter to the publisher John Almon. On the retirement of his employer he started up in business in his own premises in Piccadilly. Among his most famous maps are those that relate to to establishment of the convict settlement of 'Sydney Cove'.

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