C1756
 (1767)

Charte von Austral-Asien, zum Behuf dieser Geschichte, Verfertiget von Hrn. Robert de Vaugondy 1756.

One of only a handful of C18th maps soley focused on Australia. Robert de Vaugondy was a leading French mapmaker and like Nicholas Bellin depicts the Australian landmass joined to a theoretical east coast of Australia with the known coastlines … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Charte von Austral-Asien, zum Behuf dieser Geschichte, Verfertiget von Hrn. Robert de Vaugondy 1756.

Date:

C1756
 (1767)

Condition:

In good condition, folds as issued

Technique:

Image Size: 

280mm 
x 206mm

Frame Size: 

570mm 
x 500mm
AUTHENTICITY
Charte von Austral-Asien, zum Behuf dieser Geschichte, Verfertiget von Hrn. Robert de Vaugondy 1756. - Antique Print from 1756

Genuine antique
dated:

1767

Description:

One of only a handful of C18th maps soley focused on Australia. Robert de Vaugondy was a leading French mapmaker and like Nicholas Bellin depicts the Australian landmass joined to a theoretical east coast of Australia with the known coastlines of Tasmania, New Guinea and the New Hebrides and extending Australia&#8217s southern coastline from the furthest easterly discoveries made by Nuyts in 1627. This representation of the Australian landmass significantly influenced the way the continent was depicted in almost all maps produced prior to the publication of James Cook&#8217s discoveries of the east coast in 1773. The chart shows the Dutch discoveries on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula made by Cartensz 1623, Tasman&#8217s first and second voyages 1642-44, Hartog 1616, Houtman 1619, the van Leeuwin 1622, de Wit 1628, Nuyts 1627 and Vlamingh 1697. It also notes William Dampier&#8217s visit to Shark Bay 1699. From the German edition of Brosses’s Histoire des navigations aux terres australes.

Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688 - 1766)

Vaugondy inherited the firm of his uncle, Pierre Moullart-Sanson, in 1730. He quickly increased the business when he purchased the stock one of the leading French cartographers, Hubert Jaillot. He astutely combined his own additions to the maps he had purchased, bringing them up to date without the expense of creating new maps and engraving plates. Fittingly as a leading Parisian mapmaker of his day he was made Geographer to the King in 1730. Vaugondy was also one of the leading exponents of the French School of Theoretical Cartography and like Nicholas Bellin popularised the notion of an imaginary east coast of Australia.

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