C1799

Partie de la cote sud-ouest de la Nouvelle Hollande avec les routes de la corvette la Decouverte et sa conserve le Chatham commandes par Georges Vancouver, en l'annee 1791.

Mapmaker:

George Vancouver (1791 - 1795)

$A 2,250

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S/N: VANC-AM-WA-1799–186225
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Partie de la cote sud-ouest de la Nouvelle Hollande avec les routes de la corvette la Decouverte et sa conserve le Chatham commandes par Georges Vancouver, en l’annee 1791.

Date:

C1799

Mapmaker:

George Vancouver (1791 - 1795)

Condition:

In good condition, centre fold as issued

Technique:

Original copper engraving.

Image Size: 

745mm 
x 590mm

Description:

The preferred French issue of this important chart which is made up of a number of insets. The top half of the map is devoted to King George’s Sound. The other insets include Dusky Sound J. Edwards Pall Mall and G. Robinson Paternoster Row, May 1st 1798 Vancouver’s account was translated in Paris, in 1799, “Voyage De D’couvertes, A : Océan Pacifique du Nord, et autour Du Monde Dans lequel la côte nord-ouest de l ‘Amérique a été soigneusement reconnue et exactement releve: … Exécuté En 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 Et 1795 Par Le Capitaine George Vancouver. Traduit De L’Anglais, Tooley, 1278.

Important pre-colonisation map of the Western Australian coast. George Vancouver (1791-1795) was appointed to undertake a hydrographic survey of the northwest coast of America and had also been given permission to examine ‘that extent of coast of the south-west side of New Holland, which in the present age appears a real blot in geography’. He planned ‘to fall in with the S.W. Cape of New Holland, and should I find the shores capable of being navigated without much hazard to range its coast and determine whether it and Van Diemen’s Land are joined, which from all information at present extant appears somewhat doubtful’. He left Falmouth in 1791 with the ships Discovery and Chatham, sailing southward to the Cape of Good Hope, traversing the Indian Ocean and making landfall at Cape Leeuwin on the southwest coast of Australia on 26 September 1791 where he claimed the coast for Great Britain. Two days later, he discovered ‘one very excellent port’ which he named King George III Sound (present day Albany). He then examined a further four hundred and eighty kilometres of coastline but unfortunately had to abandon his examination of the western coast of Van Diemen’s Land due to strong easterly winds which forced him to travel south below Tasmania, thereby narrowly missing the opportunity to discover Bass Strait. From the French edition of Vancouver’s Voyage de decouvertes a l’ocean Pacifique du Nord, et autour du monde. This is the preferred edition of this map, printed on heavier paper and with more detail.

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