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872Coming Soon!Detailsde Wit, Frederick1675
Magnum Mare del Zur cum Insula California
de Wit, Frederick
$3,100.00de-Wit--FrederickMagnum-Mare-del-Zur-cum-Insula-CaliforniaThis beautiful antique sea chart of the Pacific Ocean from 1675 is one of the earliest obtainable nautical charts of Oceana. The chart extends eastward from Japan, Korea and New Guinea to the newly explored west coast of North America with California shown as an island. The incomplete outline of landforms in Australasia reflect the limited exploration of that area. <br></br> This chart is the first and most desirable state, engraved by Frederick de Wit, with the imprint: "Gedruckt't Amsterdam by Frederick de Wit inde Calverstraet. " Published in de <b>Wit's Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas</b>, comprised of twenty-seven nautical charts of the world's oceans. <br></br> The concept that <b>Baja California was an island</b> rather than a peninsula dates back to the early 1500's. In 1701 Jesuit priest and cartographer Eusebio Francisco Kino published a map based on his explorations of the area showing Baja California to be a peninsula, but despite that work the question was not finally accepted by all cartographers until the mid-eighteenth century. <br></br> <b>Hollandia Nova</b>, or New Holland was the name given to the vast continent of Australia. On this early chart only the north coast of Australia and the Gulf of Carpentaria are depicted, with an incomplete outline of western New Guinea drawn above. Below, the outline of the southern half of Tasmania ( " Anthoni van Diemens Landt" ) and a portion of the east coast of New Zealand with the Cook Strait shown as a bay. <br></br> A very attractive decorative cartouche at bottom right features a portrait of Ferdinand Magellan gazing over a tableau of Poseidon and his consort Amphitrite riding a chariot through the sea while putti drape garland over the scene. Empty areas in the chart are filled with depictions of square-rigged warships under sail and firing cannon. Title is in Latin and Dutch.
1298Coming Soon!DetailsMallet, Allain Manesson1683
Ancien Continent or Eastern Hemisphere
Mallet, Allain Manesson
$95.00Mallet--Allain-ManessonAncien-Continent-or-Eastern-HemisphereMallet's view of the "Ancien Continent" with its islands, oceans, seas, and gulfs. Striking and highly detailed copper engraved miniature map of the Eastern Hemisphere. A small galleon decorates the map in the "Ocean Meridionale". <br></br> The map shows a large unknown southern Continent. Australia is still in a conjectural form and there is a partial coastline , representing an unknown but pre-supposed land at the South Pole (later Antartica) labeled “Terres Incognues”. Mallet, drawing on geographic knowledge at his time shows an incomplete coastline for Western Australia which is not deemed important enough to even receive a label. Page 225.
1295Coming Soon!DetailsBellin, Jacques Nicolas1753
Antique South Pacific map with oddly-shaped Australia
Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
$600.00Bellin--Jacques-NicolasAntique-South-Pacific-map-with-oddly-shaped-AustraliaFine 18th-century antique French map of the South Pacific showing recent discoveries as of mid century: Australia's posited eastern coastline is virtually featureless, running from New Guinea to Tasmania without a break. Only a small section of the western coast New Zealand is marked, the rest unknown. The Americas are shown from Baja California through Central America and the western coastline of South America including the Straits of Magellan and Cape Horn. <br></br> Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages", less than twenty years before Captain Cook's famous voyage.
1128Coming Soon!DetailsDepot de la Marine1756
Antique French Sea Chart of the Pacific Ocean with Australia
Depot de la Marine
$1,975.00Depot-de-la-MarineAntique-French-Sea-Chart-of-the-Pacific-Ocean-with-AustraliaFine antique sea chart of the Pacific Ocean with a very decorative rococco cartouche. This old French nautical chart contains incomplete representations of Australia and New Zealand coastal regions, reflecting the lack of knowledge that still existed at that time. <br></br> Coverage spans the Pacific from east Asia to the east coast of the United States. The chart will display beautifully when framed.
1270Coming Soon!DetailsBonne, Rigobert1780
Attractive antique map of the East Indies and north Australia
Bonne, Rigobert
$295.00Bonne--RigobertAttractive-antique-map-of-the-East-Indies-and-north-AustraliaAttractive antique copperplate-engraved map of the islands of Java, Sumatra, Celebes, Malaca, Borneo, New Guinea (shown only partially due to incomplete exploration in the late 18th century) as well as the tip of Australia's northern coast(s) with each side of the Cape York Peninsula or "Terre du Sud" named: Terre de Diemen (west) and Terre d'Arnheim (east). <br></br> Arrow notations depict the directions of the winds during the various months of the year. Includes an inset map of the Moluccan Islands - the Spice Islands. <br></br> From "Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre, dressé pour l’histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des européens dans les deux Indes. " <br></br> Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794) was the successor to Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Bonne first came to prominence when he published a number of charts in the Atlas Maritime in 1762. He is better known for later publications, including the Atlas Encyclopedique, which he collaborated on with Nicholas Desmarest, as well as the maps he produced for Raynal's Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, which was published in 1780.
1112Coming Soon!DetailsRoyal Geographical Society of London1832
Western Australia from the latest documents received in the Colonial Office, 1832
Royal Geographical Society of London
$950.00Royal-Geographical-Society-of-LondonWestern-Australia-from-the-latest-documents-received-in-the-Colonial-Office--1832This antique map of Western Australia is the earliest available map to show the new state of Western Australia, renamed from the "Swan River Colony" in 1832. The map shows the Swan River estuary, the topography of the southwestern coastline, and features the exploration tracks of the Surveyor General (J.S. Roe), R. Dale, Capt. Bannister, Lieut. Preston, Capt. A. Collie and Capt. Currie, members of the Swan River colony whose efforts assisted in the founding of the towns of Perth and Fremantle. <br></br> Key features include the port city of Albany on King George's sound, founded in 1826; Rottnest Island and Garden Island off the west coast near Freemantle; Port Vasse, Cape Naturaliste, and Port Leschenault all near Geographe Bay named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1801. <br></br> The first European settlement of Western Australia occurred following the landing by Major Edmund Lockyer in 1826. In January 1827 Lockyer took possession of the western third of the continent for the British Crown. This was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, including the site of the present-day capital, Perth. In 1832 the Swan River Colony was officially renamed "Western Australia". <br></br> The map accompanied an article "Recent Information from Australia" by T.L. Mitchell and A.C. [A. Cunningham] V2 of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society by John Murray, Albemarle St., September. 1832.
1131Coming Soon!DetailsArrrowsmith, John1832
Antique map of southeast Australia with discoveries
Arrrowsmith, John
$650.00Arrrowsmith--JohnAntique-map-of-southeast-Australia-with-discoveriesScarce antique map by John Arrowsmith (1790-1873) is an early record of Australian history. The old map documented recent discoveries (as of 1832) in the interior of the southeastern portion of the continent of Australia. Coverage includes the Australian coastline from Brisbane to Adelaide (not named as it was not founded until 1836, 4 years after publication of this map). <br></br> Contains light outline color denoting tracks of exploration in the region between 1817 and 1829, and the miles explored by each. The explorers include: General Oxley, Lieutenant Currie, Mr. Hume, Mr Allan Cunningham, and Captain Stuart. <br></br> Portions of the coast are denoted with dashed lines indicating that even by 1832 there were parts of the coast that were still poorly explored. Numerous notes about the character of the geography geology, and fauna of the region. For exxample Lake Alexandrina is described: <div class="indenttextblock"> "The Lake is 50 miles long and 40 broad very shallow in some places, has several fine Bays, its water brackish it communications with Encounter Bay by a passage impracticable even for the smallest boats...The rise of the Tide does not exceed 8 inches." </div> <br /> Published in 1832 from London in Vol. 2 of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. <br></br> John Arrowsmith was a cartographer to both the Royal Geographical Society and the Parliamentary Reports. Those roles gave Arrowsmith access to information on the latest discoveries and he created numerous maps of Australia and other areas, revising the maps with results of later information. Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street. London.
57Coming Soon!DetailsVincedon-Dumoulin1858
Carte de la Cote Orientale de la Nouvelle Hollande
$1,100.00Vincedon-DumoulinCarte-de-la-Cote-Orientale-de-la-Nouvelle-HollandeFine engraved lines define geographic boundaries in this copperplate engraved antique French navigational chart of Eastern Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, New Caledonia, and North New Zealand. Based on the voyages of French explorer Dumont D'urville in the 1820's and 1830's . <BR> </BR> Contains the circular anchor stamp of the Depot General de la Marine. With a black over-stamp for Cartes de la Marine Impériale. Debrie Libraire au Harve, Seul Depositaire. Price: two Francs. Plate 1. Edition of 1858.
59Coming Soon!DetailsDepot de la Marine1864
Detroit du Bass (Australie)
Depot de la Marine
$1,400.00Depot-de-la-MarineDetroit-du-Bass-(Australie)Interesting antique nautical chart of South Australia, the Bass Straight and upper coast of Tasmania published by the Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine ( France ). Numerous lighthouses marked as red dots with yellow highlights and red circles indicating scope of lighthouse vibility. Includes Port Phillip and the city of Melbourne. Right center includes inset profile views. <BR> </BR> With a black over-stamp for Cartes de la Marine Impériale. Debrie Libraire au Harve, Seul Depositaire. Price: Deux Francs.
950Coming Soon!DetailsDepot de la Marine1876
Antique Nautical Chart of Tasmania, Australia
Depot de la Marine
$3,275.00Depot-de-la-MarineAntique-Nautical-Chart-of-Tasmania--AustraliaA bold, large, antique French hydrographic chart of the island of <b>Tasmania</b>, a part of the Commonwealth of Australia, after an English chart by F.J. Evans, master of the British Royal Navy (1860). Beautifully engraved, this old nautical chart on laid paper was first published by France's Depot de la Marine in 1867 and last updated with corrections in 1876. Coverage to the north includes portions of the Bass Strait and Banks Strait; Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island; and the Hunter Islands. Key features noted in Tasmania are largely within a few hundred miles of the coast; the interior is devoid of detail. Includes <b>Port Dalrymple</b>, George Town, Port Maquarie, Port Davey, Hobart ("Hobarttown"), the Derwent River and Fleurieu Bay. <br></br> Near bottom of the chart is found a elevation view of the southern approaches to the island extending from Maatsuyker Island to Cape Tasman. Elevation detail is shown by meticulous hachuring and shading and includes numeous peaks on that mountainous island. Mount Wellington, Cradle Mountain, Frenchman's Cap, Mount Victoria, and Eldon Peak are a few of the numerous peaks noted even though many of the highest peaks on the island had yet to be discovered as late as the mid 19th century. <br></br> Tasmania was first discovered in 1642 by an expedition led by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman aboard ships of the Dutch East India Company. During the first part of the 19th century the island served as the main penal colony for Australia and as many as 75,000 convicts were transported there. The island was originally known as <b>Van Diemen's Land</b>, a practice that continued until 1856 when it was renamed Tasmania . Number 2536. <br></br>