Nouvelle-Hollande: Terre de Witt…
Nouvelle-Hollande: Terre de Witt … Terre de Diémen du nord… [Plate VII from:] Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes.

Paris: 1807.

Single sheet, 353 x 260 mm., wove paper, hand-coloured engraving.

Coastal views of Northwestern Australia

A charming set of coastal views on the western and northern coast of Australia after the original sketches by Lesueur.

A charming set of coastal views on the western and northern coast of Australia after the original sketches by Lesueur.

The first two coastal views depict stretches of the Champagny archipelago (present-day Champagny and Heywood Islands), off the Kimberley coast in far northwest Australia (including what Phillip Parker King called the prominent "inverted basin" coastline of Île Freycinet itself). The important group in the middle of this plate show many views of islands in the Bonaparte archipelago, again in the Kimberley, while the last two are views of "Terre de Diemen du nord" (that is, in what is now Northern Territory waters).

The names were chosen to honour French predecessors and patrons, such as Commerson (Bougainville's botanist), Jussieu (the French botanist), and Suffren (Comte Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez; the decorated French admiral who, incidentally, captured Cook's old ship the Resolution in 1782). Many of the names given to these remote islands were retained, despite the later conflict between the British and the French regarding naming rights in Australia.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #2303029

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