Carte reduite des mers comprises entre l'Asie, l'Amerique apelees par les navigateurs Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacifique…par ordre de M. le comte Maurepas,1742. Cette carte a ete corrigee en 1756. Jacques Nicolas BELLIN.
Carte reduite des mers comprises entre l'Asie, l'Amerique apelees par les navigateurs Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacifique…par ordre de M. le comte Maurepas,1742. Cette carte a ete corrigee en 1756.

Carte reduite des mers comprises entre l'Asie, l'Amerique apelees par les navigateurs Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacifique…
Carte reduite des mers comprises entre l'Asie, l'Amerique apelees par les navigateurs Mer du Sud ou Mer Pacifique…par ordre de M. le comte Maurepas,1742. Cette carte a ete corrigee en 1756.

Paris: Deposit des cartes, plans et journaux de la Marine, 1756.

Engraved map, 572 x 852 mm, on quite thick paper; attractively coloured with background beige wash for sea areas; folding into an original boards binding, lined with some old manuscript; manuscript label on front cover.

Imagining Australia's eastern coastline conjoined with New Guinea

A fine and detailed map, particularly attractive in its early folder with manuscript annotations. Bellin's Pacific map was first published in 1742 and re issued in this expanded form in 1756; it confirms the strong French interest in the Pacific in the mid-18th century, at a time when the major European nations were keeping a keen eye on maritime exploration. The map notes newer discoveries on the western coasts of the Americas and New Holland, naming Dampier, Tasman and the English Pilot of 1734 as the three important sources for the latter. There is a hypothetical depiction of the eastern coastline of Australia: Bellin conflates the depiction of Quirós' New Hebrides with the eastern coastline of the Australian continent 'with such conviction that it confused several Pacific explorers, including Bougainville' (Clancy). New Guinea is here shown joined to the Australian mainland whilst the imagined northern coastline is named "Terre Du S Esprit".

A fine and detailed map, particularly attractive in its early folder with manuscript annotations. Bellin's Pacific map was first published in 1742 and re issued in this expanded form in 1756; it confirms the strong French interest in the Pacific in the mid-18th century, at a time when the major European nations were keeping a keen eye on maritime exploration. The map notes newer discoveries on the western coasts of the Americas and New Holland, naming Dampier, Tasman and the English Pilot of 1734 as the three important sources for the latter. There is a hypothetical depiction of the eastern coastline of Australia: Bellin conflates the depiction of Quirós' New Hebrides with the eastern coastline of the Australian continent 'with such conviction that it confused several Pacific explorers, including Bougainville' (Clancy). New Guinea is here shown joined to the Australian mainland whilst the imagined northern coastline is named "Terre Du S Esprit".

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, who prepared this for publication by the Ministry of the Marine, was one of the pre-eminent geographers of pre-Revolutionary France; he is remembered for the quality of his work and prodigious output (including the impressive atlases Le Neptune Français of 1735 and the Hydrographie Français of 1756-1765). Among other achievements, he contributed to Diderot's Encyclopédie and was elected a member of the Royal Society in London. The map was commisioned by Comte de Maurepas (1701–1781), the nobleman in charge of both the Royal court and the French Navy during his extended terms as Secretary of the Royal Household (1715-1749) and Secretary of the Navy (1723-1749). Skilled in military and naval strategy, it was Maurepas who enabled the French navy to be again recognised as a maritime power. His focus on the defence of France's sprawling empire in the New World was assisted by information on British naval manoeuvres, lists of what ships were coming to North America and detailed memoirs of ship construction. Maurepas obtained this information through maintaining an intelligence service that was considered one of the most efficient in Europe.

Clancy, Mapping of Terra Australis, p.77.

Price (AUD): $4,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504220

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