Depot de la Marine

Fine French chart of the East Indies

Carte Generale de la Mer des Indes Dressée par M.M.Dausy …

DESCRIPTION: 1862 edition of a French nautical chart of the Indian Ocean and East Indies first published by the French Depot General de la Marine in 1837. French nautical charts of the Indian Ocean are scarce. No record of a sale of this chart is found in the AMPR.

This chart of the Indian Ocean to western Australia is based on exploration led by Daussy (Chief Hydrographer) and Wissocq. Engraved by Chassant. With contemporary manuscript ink annotations of a ship's daily course plotted east bound past the Cape of Good Hope and again west bound on the home trip. The positions extend far to the east, past the Philippine islands, another 4 days cruise past the neatline, and terminate at "Pelew" or the island of Palau.

Coverage includes a wide swath of ocean extending from Africa and Madagascar to Australia, Borneo, and Eastern China.

Published by order of the King. Seller's paste-on label at bottom right: "SAUVAT Libraire Rue Saint-Remy 3, a Bordeaux."

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: Indian Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  With a repaired separation of the fold and two tears- one at bottom left. Both tears closed archivally from verso.

COLORING: Exquisitely hand colored in outline as in the period by an artist of the highest qualifications.

ENGRAVER: Chassant

SIZE: 34 " x 23 "


PRICE: $1075


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