CHART OF THE STRAITS OF SUNDA. FROM POINT WINEROW TO NORTH ISLAND. A,

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Jean-Baptiste D' Après de Mannevillette

Artist's Biography

Chart of the Straits of Sunda. From Point Winerow to North Island. A,

Engraving, 1794
Image size 25 1/4 x 20 3/4" (64 x 52.5 cm) plus margins.
Good condition save for some creasing and splitting along centerfold. B/W
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93505
Price: $500.00
Publisher : Published by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.
Chart of the area between the islands of Sumatra and Java in modern-day Indonesia, encompassing the strait between the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. Includes extensive rhumb lines, coastal soundings, commentary on the topography of the coast, and names islands and ports. An inset provides a ‘Plan of Mew Bay or Canty Bay, on the Western Coast of Java,’ including soundings around the coast, and an anecdotal description of the harbor area written by a British captain who had anchored there. The side of the chart also provides images of the appearances of major points along the coastline, as they would be seen from the sea.

Jean Baptiste d’Apres de Mannevillette was a prominent French hydrographer and cartographer, and a superior officer in the French East India Company. He was known for charting the coasts of India and China during the 18th century. Mannevillette’s work was internationally renowned, and his charts and atlases were important resources for ships navigating the region. His atlas “Le Neptune Oriental” was an authoritative and widely used source in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and drew on Mannevillette’s own experience as a navigator and naval officer in the seas of Asia. Interestingly, this chart is a republished version of a map from that atlas; a note on the map explains that it was republished at the request of several commanders from the East India Company, who had used Mannevillette’s original map of the area and ‘found it very correct.’
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