Paris: l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1812. Original copper engraving, 740mm x 490mm, centre fold. Plate 26, (2me Feuille) Chart of part of Witt's Land along the north-west coast of Western Australia showing the area explored by Freycinet from Bancs des Planaires (near Port Hedland) to Cape Leveque (Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome) and showing the tracks of Le Geographe in 1801 and Le Casuarina in 1803. Three insets : Coupang Bay in Timor, the town of Coupang and a detail of Terre de Witt from Cape Jaubert to Cape Bossut. Tooley 649. Near fine condition.
Detailed chart produced on the official French voyage to survey and explore Australia and the Pacific. Commanded by Nicolas Baudin, the expedition left France in 1800 with Francois Peron on board as naturalist, Louis Freycinet as cartographer, and Charles-Pierre Boullanger as geographer. The two ships on the voyage 'Le Geographe' and 'Le Naturaliste' arrived at Cape Leeuwin in 1801. Details of the coastline were documented as the ships sailed north. After crossing Timor the ships moved south to survey Tasmania. Item #99123
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