Old Maps Collection
A chart of the China Sea : inscribed to Mons.r D'Aprés de Mannevillette the ingenious author of the Neptune Oriental, as a tribute due to his labours for the benefit of Navigation, and in acknowledgement of his many signal favours to Dalrymple.
Dalrymple, Alexander, 1737-1808, hydrographer
Demonville, Antoine Guénard, ca. 1733-1797, printer
Malassis, Romain-Nicolas, 1737-1813, printer
Après de Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d', 1707-1780, dedicatee
JPEG 6382 × 9476, 64.2MB
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
66 x 49 cm, on sheet 84 x 55 cm
This important sea chart was published in the work 'Neptune Orientale' by Jean d' Aprés de Mannevillette, a famous French sailor and hydrographer. During a voyage to China in 1728, he succeeded in correcting the latitudes of many places using new instruments. Back in France he published all the existing maps of the route to China, the Red Sea, the coasts of India, Malaya, the northern parts of Indonesia, Indochina and China. When the first edition of the 'Neptune Oriental' was published in 1745, it was regarded as a major achievement and indispensable to navigators. The depicted area of this particular chart extends from Fuzhou and Taiwan -here still named Formosa- in the north, to the Philippines, Borneo and Bintam, in the south, and shows the whole of the coast of Southern China and Vietnam, including Macao and an unnamed Hong Kong. The China Sea is the busiest waterway in the east thus the importance of such chart. The legend next to the title lists the vessels that had explored the region between 1752 and 1763 providing the extensive soundings of the depicted area. Hundreds of tiny islands are shown and although there is little inland detail, numerous locations are named along the coasts.
Original is a copper plate printed map,
There is a 32-point compass rose on the center of the chart with a fleur de lis indicating north. The rhumb lines for half-winds are dotted.
Bathymetric relief shown by soundings.
Map with graticule.
The four borders of the map with latitude and longitude lines.
Map outlined in double fillet.
Macao in East Indies maps.
Hainan Sheng (China)
Le Neptune orientale, dédié au roi
Après de Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d', 1707-1780
Harvard College Library
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