Plan de L’Ile de L’Ascension

A finely engraved, large scale chart of Ascension Island discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova in 1501 and named Conception Island, but was rediscovered in 1503 on Ascension Day by Alphonse de Albuquerque and renamed. It has been … Read Full Description

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Plan de L’Ile de L’Ascension




In good condition, with centre fold as issued.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 360mm

Paper Size: 

x 410mm
Plan de L'Ile de L'Ascension - Antique Map from 1825

Genuine antique



A finely engraved, large scale chart of Ascension Island discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova in 1501 and named Conception Island, but was rediscovered in 1503 on Ascension Day by Alphonse de Albuquerque and renamed.

It has been British territory since 1815.

Louis-Isidore Duperrey led the Coquille’s global expedition (1822–1825), with Jules Dumont d’Urville as second-in-command. René-Primevère Lesson, a naval doctor and naturalist, also joined the voyage. Upon their return in March 1825, Dumont and Lesson brought an extensive collection of flora and fauna from the Falkland Islands, Chile, Peru, the Pacific archipelagos, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Australia to France. Duperrey’s was one of the major French Pacific voyages of the nineteenth century. As the leader of this expedition, he had already circumnavigated the globe under Freycinet and with Dumont-d’Urville, who would later lead his own expeditions. Duperrey was second-in-command, and Rene Lesson was the naturalist of the voyage. The Coquille called at Brazil, the Falkland Islands, Concepcion, Callao, and Payta. In the Pacific, the ship visited the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga, Rotuma, the Gilbert and Caroline Islands, and the Bismarck Archipelago. Australia was visited twice, and the explorations made of New Zealand and the Maori culture were particularly significant. Vast quantities of ethnographic and scientific data were collected. Before returning to Marseilles, Java, Mauritius, and Ascension were visite. (Hill 517).

Duperrey’s charts provide a detailed and careful record of numerous islands and island groups in the South Pacific not previously charted, making the hydrographical atlas an outstanding cartographic work for the Pacific. Wantrup, ( 2023 2nd. ed. Vol. II, p.647.)

From Duperrey, Louis-Isidore, Voyage autour du Monde, execute per ordre du Roi, sur la Corvette La Coquille de sa Majeste, pendant les annies 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825. Hydrographie Atlas

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Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney, 2nd ed. 2023: pp. 646-658, p. 1177, 327h (Hydrographie Atlas).
Howgego, J. Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800-1850. Sydney 2004 : 1800-180, D37, pp.183-185.
Brosse, J. Great Voyages of Exploration. The Golden Age of Discovery in the Pacific. Sydney 1983 : pp. 146-151.

Bibliotheque Nationale de France: ark:/12148/bpt6k850917m
National Library Australia: Bib ID: 2256057
State Library New South Wales: Record Identifier 74Vvrg2DKLOl
State Library Victoria: RARESEF 508.3 D92 (Histoire)

Louis Isidore Duperrey (1786 - 1865)

Louis Isidore Duperrey (1786 - 1865) Important French Pacific explorer and mapmaker who joined the navy in 1802, and served as marine hydrologist to Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet aboard the Uranie (1817–1820). He commanded La Coquille on its circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825) with Jules Dumont d'Urville as second in command. On the return to France in March 1825, Lesson and Dumont brought back to France an imposing collection of animals and plants collected on the Falkland Islands, on the coasts of Chile and Peru, in the archipelagos of the Pacific and New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia. During the voyage the ship spent two weeks in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1824. He was the first to chart all of the Gilbert Islands archipelago, (Kiribati). He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1861.

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