Plan Des Iles Jerome. Plan des Iles Berthier. (Terre Napolean)


Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

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Plan Des Iles Jerome. Plan des Iles Berthier. (Terre Napolean)




Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)


Remargined at right hand side, otherwise in good condition.


Copper engraving.

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x 115mm


The first published map of the Investigator Group of Islands in South Australia as charted by the Baudin expedition. 

The archipelago consists of Flinders Island and five island groups located off the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula. It is named after HMS Investigator by her commander, Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802. The Group lies within the Great Australian Bight. All the islands except Flinders Island, and a part of Pearson Island, are within the Investigator Group Wilderness Protection Area and the Waldegrave Islands Conservation Park

From Peron, Voyage de Decouvertes Aux Terres Australes.

Reference: F449 Prescott p.138 1811.16, Tooley 617


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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