Depot de la Marine

Antique Nautical Chart of Tasmania, Australia

Carte Generale de la Tasmanie (Terre van Diemen) Publiee au Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine 1867.

DESCRIPTION: A bold, large, antique French hydrographic chart of the island of Tasmania, 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 Port Dalrymple, George Town, Port Maquarie, Port Davey, Hobart ("Hobarttown"), the Derwent River and Fleurieu Bay.

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.

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 Van Diemen's Land, a practice that continued until 1856 when it was renamed Tasmania . Number 2536.

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine




CONDITION: Very good.  Clean and bright on heavy watermarked, chain-laid paper with ample margins.

COLORING: None except lighthouses in yellow highlight.

ENGRAVER: J. Millian

SIZE: 24 " x 36 "


PRICE: $3275


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