C1836

East India Islands

Mapmaker:

Alexander George Findlay (1812 - 1875)

Finely engraved and hand coloured issued of this small scarce detailed map of Southeast Asia. The map extends from Burma to New Guinea and south to northern Australia. The map is dated 1835 in the publication line. A framed border … Read Full Description

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S/N: ASI-EI-1836-FIND–232063
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Full Title:

East India Islands

Date:

C1836

Mapmaker:

Alexander George Findlay (1812 - 1875)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 195mm
AUTHENTICITY
East India Islands - Antique Print from 1836

Genuine antique
dated:

1836

Description:

Finely engraved and hand coloured issued of this small scarce detailed map of Southeast Asia. The map extends from Burma to New Guinea and south to northern Australia. The map is dated 1835 in the publication line. A framed border design surrounds the map. 

The coral reef named Scott’s Reef coast on the map, situated off the north west Western Australian, is present day, Scott Reef and famed for its corals and long history of trepang fishing by Indonesian fisherman for over 400 years.

The first accurate recording of the reef’s position seems to have been made in 1801, by HMS Vulcan, under the command of Captain Peter Heywood. Heywood had been aboard the HMS Bounty during the infamous mutiny against William Bligh some 12 years earlier, but was pardoned by King George III. With that behind him, Heywood went on to become a respected charter of the oceans, the career that eventually saw him record Scott Reef’s position. A decade later, the Scottish hydrographer James Horsburgh reported that Heywood named the reef after the man who was at the masthead on Heywood’s vessel at 1pm on February 22, 1801 when he saw the breaking waves amid the open ocean. 
For centuries, trepangers  (trepang’ is the Indonesian word for sea cucumber), were the only regular visitors to Scott Reef. In 1974, Australia and Indonesia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that recognised this long history, acknowledging rights of access for traditional Indonesian fishers in a small area of Australian waters.

 
 

Biography:

Alexander George Findlay (1812-1875)

London geographer, chartmaker, publisher and engraver. He worked with John Purdy on compiling charts and sailing directions for Richard Holmes Laurie, taking charge of the firm’s hydrographic work on Purdy’s death in 1843. Elected to the RGS 8 Jan 1844, proposed by his father, John Arrowsmith and the artist, William Brockedon. He became manager and eventually owner of the Laurie firm in 1858. 

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