C1797

Mappe Monde ou Carte reduite des Parties Connues du Globe pour servir au Voyage de La Perouse en 1785, 86, 87 et 88.

An excellent example of this large world map on Mercator’s Projection, by Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 – 1788). Historically important chart incorporating all of Captain Cook’s discoveries made on his three voyages of discovery. La Perouse’s voyage and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mappe Monde ou Carte reduite des Parties Connues du Globe pour servir au Voyage de La Perouse en 1785, 86, 87 et 88.

Date:

C1797

Condition:

Faint diagonal crease top left, otherwise in good condition, folds as issued, with wide uncut margins. F

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

935mm 
x 585mm

Paper Size: 

1028mm 
x 933mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mappe Monde ou Carte reduite des Parties Connues du Globe pour servir au Voyage de La Perouse en 1785, 86, 87 et 88. - Antique Map from 1797

Genuine antique
dated:

1797

Description:

An excellent example of this large world map on Mercator’s Projection, by Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 – 1788).

Historically important chart incorporating all of Captain Cook’s discoveries made on his three voyages of discovery. La Perouse’s voyage and mission to promote France’s place on the international stage which had been dominated by the Dutch and then British. La Perouse explored the Pacific regions of North and South America, Asia and Australasia.

Significantly, La Perouse was seen by Governor Phillip on 20th January 1788 while the First Fleet was at anchor in Botany Bay. This was the last sighting of this important figure in Pacific exploration. In 1791 France sent Rear Admiral Joseph Antoine Bruni d’Entrecasteaux to search for La Perouse in two ships, Recherche and Esperance. D’Entrecateaux failed to find any trace of La Perouse. The later voyage of Dumont D’Urville was to resolve the mystery of his La Perouse’s disappearance from evidence provided by a Irish captain, Peter Dillon who had bought swords that had come from the La Perouse’s ships. D’Urville found anchors and part of the wreck on the island of Vanikoro (Solomons). The French built a monument in honour of the ill fated ships.

From; Atlas du voyage de La Perouse. Paris

References:
Wagner, H.R. Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800. Amsterdam 1968: 843.
Falk, M.W. Alaskan Maps: A Cartobibliography of Alaska to 1900. New York 1983: 1797-5.
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Perry, T. & Prescott, D. A guide to maps of Australia in books published 1780-1830. Canberra 1996:.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID531794
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: ark:/12148/btv1b59706064
David Rumsey Collection: List No: 0233.001

Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 - 1788)

La Perouse entered the navy at 15 and was made lieutenant in April 1775 and captain in 1780 after France joined the American war. In 1783 the French government appointed La Perouse in command of an expedition to the Pacific to complete Captain James Cook's unfinished work, and in particular to explore the passages in the Bering Sea, which had been a mystery to Europeans since the C16th. In command of two ships, La Boussole and L'Astrolabe he on 1 August 1785 making for Brazil. Doubling Cape Horn he refitted in Chile, then sailed to the Sandwich Islands and onto Alaska, where he turned south exploring and surveying the coast as far as California. After a short refit at Monterey, he sailed across the Pacific, discovered uncharted islands, and visited Macao and Manila. After six weeks re provisioning he left on 10 April 1787 to survey the coasts and territories north of Korea, which had been described by Christian missionaries. He sailed up the Gulf of Tartary, naming several points on both its shores and learned that Sakhalin was an island. In September he put in to Kamchatka to replenish his supplies. From there he turned south making for New Holland. In December, at Tutuila, Samoa, which Bougainville had called the Navigator Islands when he explored them in 1768, natives suddenly attacked a party from L'Astrolabe seeking water 12 men. La Perouse left without taking reprisals and sailed through the Pacific Islands to Norfolk Island and to Botany Bay. He was sighted off the coast there on 24 January 1788 but bad weather prevented his entering the bay for two days. La Perouse established a camp at Botany Bay on the northern shore, now named after him. After his six-week stay he sailed on 10 March and was not heard of again.

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