C1759

Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Australis

Mapmaker:

Leonhard Euler (1707 - 1783)

Scarce map of the south pole by Johann Cristoph Rhode showing Australia with the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages 1642-44.The charting of the Australian coastline remained unchanged for over 125 years after Tasman’s voyages and it … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Australis

Date:

C1759

Mapmaker:

Leonhard Euler (1707 - 1783)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 340mm

Paper Size: 

415mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Australis - Antique Map from 1759

Genuine antique
dated:

1759

Description:

Scarce map of the south pole by Johann Cristoph Rhode showing Australia with the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages 1642-44.The charting of the Australian coastline remained unchanged for over 125 years after Tasman’s voyages and it wasn’t until James Cook in 1770 charting of the east coast that any further mapping occurred.

From Atlas geographicus omnes orbis terrarum regiones

Mapmaker:

Leonhard Euler (1707 – 1783)

Euler was one of greatest mathematicians of the period of Enlightement. Born in Switzerland but worked most of his life in Russia and Germany. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion of a mathematical function. He is also renowned for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, astronomy, and music theory.

Euler’s involvement with cartography began by his tuition by the great French cartographer Delisle who had been invited to work at the Petersburg Academy Observatory. Delisle taught Euler astronomy and observational techniques with telescopes and other instruments. In September 1734 Delisle suggested that Euler work with a three foot quadrant prior to working independently making observations the following month. The results of Euler’s research and observation into determining longitude, led later to the formation of the geography department of the academy.

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