North West Side of the Gulf of Carpentaria by M. Flinders Commr. of H.M. Investigator 1803. Matthew FLINDERS.

North West Side of the Gulf of Carpentaria by M. Flinders…
North West Side of the Gulf of Carpentaria by M. Flinders Commr. of H.M. Investigator 1803.

London: G and W. Nicol, 1814.

Engraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen.

Prepared for Flinder's Australian atlas

Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for Flinders and his officers; beset by scurvy in the tropical heat they soon discovered the timbers of the Investigator to be rotten and the vessel barely seaworthy.

Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for Flinders and his officers; beset by scurvy in the tropical heat they soon discovered the timbers of the Investigator to be rotten and the vessel barely seaworthy.

This map is one of sixteen published for the atlas, and is clearly identified as its first state by the publisher's details 'G. & W. Nicol, Jany. 1st 1814' engraved to the lower margin. Noted for their accuracy and utility, Flinders' charts were republished and updated by the Admiralty and remained in use for well over a century. Accordingly, examples of the first issue are increasingly uncommon, and it is probable that this unfolded copy backed on linen was used at sea.

Australian Rare Books, pp140-144.

Price (AUD): $2,250.00  other currencies Ref: #4210139

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