Beautemps-Beaupre, Charles-Francois
1820

Reconnoissance Hydrographique de la Cote Nord de France

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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

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Attractive large-scale antique copper-plate hydrographic chart of the French coast from Gravelines to Ostende by Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré. Oriented with North at top of page indicated by a large compass circle (with shadow); surveyors lines and several sets of rhumb lines.

Beautemps-Beaupre (1766-1854) 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 suggests why he is considered by some to be the father of French hydrography.

Often referred to as the "Father of Modern French Hydrography" because of his systematic approach to marine surveying.

CREATOR: Beautemps-Beaupre, Charles-Francois

PUBLICATION DATE: 1820

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good  

COLORING: Beautiful and careful contemporary hand color.

ENGRAVER: Ecrit J.P. Besancon; Gravee par E. Collin

SIZE: 36 " x 24 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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