C1775

Plan de L’Isle de France.

Magnificent c.18th chart of Mauritius, published in the second edition of Mannevillette’s, Le Neptune Oriental dedié au Roi (Oriental Pilot), the most highly regarded pilot for the Eastern trade for both French and English ships. Within the map is an … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan de L’Isle de France.

Date:

C1775

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

715mm 
x 500mm

Paper Size: 

767mm 
x 545mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plan de L'Isle de France. - Antique Map from 1775

Genuine antique
dated:

1775

Description:

Magnificent c.18th chart of Mauritius, published in the second edition of Mannevillette’s, Le Neptune Oriental dedié au Roi (Oriental Pilot), the most highly regarded pilot for the Eastern trade for both French and English ships. Within the map is an explanation of the historical names used for the island.

One of the best and most sought after maps solely focusing on the island.

From about 1735 Mannevillette had set about collecting detailed charts of the known coasts from Africa to Australia and which with the financial support of the Comapne des Indes and the Academie des Sciences, he published his ground breaking sea atlas, Le Neptune Oriental in 1745. This first issue comprised only twenty five charts, superior to any previously available and consequently quickly became the indispensable maritime atlas for ship owners, captains and pilots engaged in the Southeast Asian sea routes. In 1775 d’Apres issued the second edition of Le Neptune Oriental, greatly expanded to approximately 69 charts which Mannevillette had applied his advances in navigational techniques which he had refined in the intervening 30 years.  There is no standard collation of the the second edition with the number of maps varying in atlases held by major institutional libraries. Mannevillette kept updating the charts and eventually this required a supplement, published posthumously in 1781 and reissued in 1797.

 

References:
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973: 3166.
Howgego, J. Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800. Sydney 2011: A107.
Shirley, R. Maps in the Atlases of The British Library. London 2004: BL II, M.Apr-1c.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3695306 / 1607174
David Rumsey Collection: 13102.025
National Maritime Museum Greenwich: 094:912.44(261:264:267)"17"
National Trust Collections UK: Felbrigg, Norfolk NT 3221355
David Rumsey Collection: Pub List No: 13102.000 (1810 edition)
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS TX00379 [180-?]
State Library Victoria: RARESEF 912.182 AP6N Ba

Jean-Baptiste de Mannevillette (1707 - 1780)

Mannevillette was a French mapmaker who had studied under the royal cartographer Guillaume de L’Isle and was one of the first to use the method of measuring distances from the sun and moon to determine latitude. He took part in numerous voyages to the East and was made director of the Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Navigation des Indes. All French ships navigating the Indian Ocean used these charts and as a consequence of this on board use, many are found in poor and damaged condition. References: Moreland p.134

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