Reconnoissance Hydrographique de la Cote Nord de France, Gravelines, Ostende
DESCRIPTION: Attractive large-scale copper-plate chart of the French coast from Gravelines to Ostende by Charles Beautemps-Beaupre. Oriented with North at top of page indicated by a large compass circle (with shadow); surveyors lines and several sets of rhumb lines.
Beatemps-Beaupre was one of the earliest hydrographers to use isobaths to represent water depth. In this carefully colored chart he uses differently colored isobaths (light orange tones) to represent three depth categories : less than 10 feet ; between 10 and 16 feet; and between 17 and 24 feet. This detail along with hundreds of soundings demonstrates Beautemp-Beaupres' dedication to his profession, and explains why he is considered by some to be the 'father of French hydrography'.
Of special historical note are several items that reflect the then recent French revolution: Use of the label "Replublique Francaise" across the French coast; date of " l'An IX et de l'An X "; Depot de la Marine stamp with "E.F." replacing Fleur de Lis)
This coastal chart was likely published ca 1820 as part of "Le Pilote Francais", Beautemps-Beaupre's six folio-volume atlas comprised of 613 sheets of charts and plans.
TITLE: Reconnoissance Hydrographique de la Cote Nord de France fait par ordre du Contre-Amiral Decres Ministre de la Marine et des Colonies (dans les Campagnes de l'An IX et de l'An X.) Par C.F. Beautemps-Beaupre Hydrographe Sous-Chef du Depot General de la Marine par C.F. Beautemps-Beaupre Hydrographe Sous-Chef du Depot General de la Marine… Premiere Partie
BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean
CONDITION: Very Good
Beautiful. Thick, clean chain-laid paper with watermark of "J. Kool and Comp" with figure of a lion and sword. Small repaired tear in bottom border does not approach the neatline. 1/2 inch margin at top. Vertical centerfold. Remnants of a binders stub on verso.
Strong impression with perhaps one or two tiny foxing spots. Shows almost no sign of age. Remnants of a binders stub on verso.
COLORING: Beautiful and careful contemporary handcolor.
ENGRAVER: Ecrit J.P. Besancon; Gravee par E. Collin
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