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Publisher: FREYCINET, L.
Title: Carte Generale du Detroit de Bass. . .
Published in: Paris 1807
   
Size: 29.5 x 19.5 inches.
75.0 x 49.5 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: In near mint condition. Platemark, wide margins. Some MS writing, not connected with the chart on verso, with slight 'show through'.
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A highly detailed chart of the waters between Victoria on the mainland of Australia and the island of Tasmania, (Bass Strait) published by expedition member Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet, with tracks and dates of the Casuarina.
The chart though plain and unadorned and contains no decorations it is extremely interesting and important, and was purely meant to clearly and simply communicate the massive survey undertaken by the French, despite the presence of another British voyage, that of the British Royal Naval officer Matthew Flinders, who was also surveying Australia at the time.
The chart includes insets of Port Dalrymple, on Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), and the Furneaux Islands. There are also some tables of Routes.

The chart is more commonly known from it's appearance in "Navigation et Geographie’ part of the Peron / Freycinet atlas, published by Freycinet in 1812".

This is the edition of the extremely rare atlas "Neptune des côtes orientales et du grand archipel d'Asie", published in 1807. The atlas was a supplement to the atlas series published by Hydrographic office and prepared by C.F Beautemps-Beaupré, who is now regarded as the father of modern French hydrography. The maps for the Neptune edition are printed on very thick and larger paper. The usual text in upper right corner is not there and but instead "N°. 316" is engraved and instead of Bouclet's name the words "Prix Deux Francs" in bottom. Very rare.

Beautemps-Beaupré is regarded as the father of the modern hydrograpy.
Beautemps-Beaupré was born on August 6, 1766 in La Neuville-au-Pont (Marne). He was introduced to map drawing by his cousin Nicolas Buache, and he entered in 1780 as a hydrographer at the Depot of maps and plans of the French Navy. He was admitted as a pupil in his turn in 1783. There, he collaborated in the preparation of maps that La Pérouse carried on his journey.
He left in 1791 on the Search with admiral d'Entrecasteaux and remains absent five years. During this campaign, he developed entirely new ways of using charts under sail. Overcoming the compass variations, the remarkable points of the coast are shown in insets.
In 1779, Napoleon charged him with the hydrographic reconnaissance of the Dunkirk coast and various other works.
In 1816, Beautemps-Beaupré began the complete reconstruction of the hydrography of the coasts of France. Operations at sea will last 23 years. The French pilot, completed in 1844, the result of his work, was admired by the entire maritime world.
He was a Knight of Saint-Louis, Knight of Saint Michel, Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, he died in 1854, at the age of 88 years. He left to his companions the memory of a simple man, modest, judicious, courageous and good. Leading the way in the work, training his engineers, Beautemps-Beaupré has earned the title of father of the hydrography that has been awarded.

More about "mapping of Australia." [+]
Reference: Tooley, the mapping of Australia, Part III, Printed maps of Tasmania, #237, page 320 (Not mentioning this edition)



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