Old Maps Collection
To the Honorable the Court of Directors of the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies, this Chart of the China Seas
Chart of the China Seas
Heather, William, 1764-1812, hydrographer
Stephenson, John,, fl. 1791-1817, engraver
Norie, John William, 1772-1843, illustrator
Heather and Williams, publisher
JPEG 2000, 10766 × 15843, 208.6MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
92 x 63 cm, on sheet 112 x 72 cm
This detailed chart covers the whole area of the East Indies from Pegu -nowadays Myanmar-, to Siam -nowadays Thailand-, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Paracels, south China with the Hainan Island, Borneo, the island of Taiwan and the Philippines, Timor, Papua New Guinea and part of Australia -still named on the chart as New Holland. As for water bodies are depicted the South China Sea, the Java Sea, the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Banda Sea, Philippine Sea and part of the Pacific Ocean. A lot of detail is given to small islands, islets, shoals and sand banks of the Strait of Malacca, the South China Sea and the Java Sea -named on the map as Borneo Sea. The soundings are also given in extensive detail which proves that navigational aid as the main purpose of the chart. In addiction are marked five routes: the track of the Canton from Columbo towards China in 1797; the Canton from China to England in 1798; to Glatton from China towards England in 1797 (new passage / old passage); Glatton to China in 1976-77 and the track of the Glatton to Manilla.
Sheet 2: Taiwan, Philippines, Timor, Papua New Guinea and part of Australia.
Original is a copperplate printed map in two sheets, 94 x 65 cm each.
Underneath the title: "Engraved by J. Stephenson." On the left bottom corner of sheet 1: "Drawn by J. Norie, teacher of Navigation, Leadenhall Street London."
Rhumb lines for the principal winds is bold, half-winds in simple fillet and quarter-winds in dashed lines.
Relief shown pictorially and bathymetric relief shown by soundings.
Prime meridian is Greenwich.
The four borders of each sheet have latitude and longitude lines in black and white interchangeably.
Map with graticule.
Both sheets outlined in simple bold fillet.
Macao in Asia maps.
Macao in routes.
Papua New Guinea
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE SH 18 PF 182 P 14-PL 2