C1808

Plan de L'Ile King

Mapmaker:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

Small map of King Island as charted by members of the Baudin expedition. Governor King, knowing that Nicolas Baudin was going to head for the island, when he left Port Jackson in 1800, sent the Cumberland from Sydney to formally … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan de L’Ile King

Date:

C1808

Mapmaker:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

95mm 
x 115mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plan de L'Ile King - Antique Print from 1808

Genuine antique
dated:

1808

Description:

Small map of King Island as charted by members of the Baudin expedition.

Governor King, knowing that Nicolas Baudin was going to head for the island, when he left Port Jackson in 1800, sent the Cumberland from Sydney to formally claim the islands for Britain. The Cumberland arrived just before the French and the British had hastily erected the British Flag in a tree. Baudin still circumnavigated and extensively mapped the Island in 1802, giving French names to some localities which are still in use today like “Phoques Bay” on the north-west coast.

From Peron, Voyage de Decouvertes Aux Terres Australes.

Reference: F449 Prescott p.138 1811.06

Biography:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777-1840)

Louis de Freycinet in command of the Uranie left Toulon on 17 September 1817. His wife Rose had been smuggled aboard, and her presence was acknowledged by the time they reached Gibraltar. They made the usual French passage via Tenerife, Rio, the Cape of Good Hope and Mauritius, where Louis was reunited briefly with his brother Henri, then serving as the Governor.

The Uranie reached Shark Bay on 12 September 1818 and spent some time there, setting up an observatory and making further thorough surveys of the inlets and coast; it was during this visit that Freycinet also finally removed the Vlamingh plate.

From western Australia they headed to Coupang in Timor, and crossed to Dili, where the expedition was received in great state by the Governor. The vessel then picked its way northeast via Amboina, Pisang, Rawak and the coast of New Guinea, reaching Guam in mid-March 1819.

The expedition stayed in Guam for eleven weeks before heading to Hawaii, which was first sighted on 5 August; they anchored in Kealakekua Bay three days later. They spent an important fortnight in the islands, making stays at Lahaina and Honolulu, and meeting any number of important figures there.

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