Medaille Hollandaise. VLAMINGH, COUTANT, Engraver.

Medaille Hollandaise

Paris: 1822.

Engraved plate, 330 x 250mm, mounted.

Freycinet discovers the Vlamingh Plate

The engraved image of the Vlamingh Plate from the Atlas Historique of Louis de Freycinet's Voyage Autour Du Monde. In 1697 Dutch Captain William de Vlamingh landed at Cape Inscription and found Dirk Hartog's plate, which Hartog had placed there in 1616 with an inscription detailing their voyage and destination. When found by Vlamingh the plate was badly weathered and the post had almost rotted away. Vlamingh copied the record on to another plate, added his own inscription and nailed it to a new post. The Hartog plate returned to the Netherlands with Vlamingh. The new inscription on the Vlamingh Plate read:

The engraved image of the Vlamingh Plate from the Atlas Historique of Louis de Freycinet's Voyage Autour Du Monde. In 1697 Dutch Captain William de Vlamingh landed at Cape Inscription and found Dirk Hartog's plate, which Hartog had placed there in 1616 with an inscription detailing their voyage and destination. When found by Vlamingh the plate was badly weathered and the post had almost rotted away. Vlamingh copied the record on to another plate, added his own inscription and nailed it to a new post. The Hartog plate returned to the Netherlands with Vlamingh. The new inscription on the Vlamingh Plate read:

1697 The 4th February is here arrived the ship The Geelvinck for Amsterdam. The Commodore and Skipper William De Vlamingh of Vlielandt, Assistant Joannes Bremer of Copenhagen Upper Steersman Michil Bloem of The Bishopric of Bremen The Hooker The Nyptangh Skipper Gerrit Colaart of Amsterdam Assit Theodoris Heirmans Ditto Upper Steersman Gerrit Geritson of Bremen The Galliot The Weeseltie Commander Cornelis De Vlamingh of Vlielandt Steerman Coert Gerritsen of Bremen Sailed from Here with our fleet the also The Southland Further to Explore and Bound for Batavia.

For just over 120 years the plate remained where it was intended, Freycinet arrived on the Western Australian coast in September 1818 with the express purpose of recovering the relic and returning it to France. He was successful and it remained in France until it was presented back to Australia in 1947 by the French Government.

Price (AUD): $800.00  other currencies Ref: #4201765

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