"A Chart of the Western Coast of Sumatra, from Touroumane River to Point Indrapour", Sayer & Bennett
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1778 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.8 x 18.8 inches
65.5 x 47.8 cm
This handsome sea chart of the western coast of Sumatra was derived largely from the charts of the French hydrographer, Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette with additions by captains of the British East India Company. A large inset contains a plan of Natal drawn by Joseph Huddart, one of Britain's most influential hydrographers. The chart is oriented with north on the left by a simple fleur-de-lis and provides excellent detail of the soundings, hazard and anchorages. There is nice detail of the larger islands off the coast including the Isle of Good Fortune (Sipora).
Printed on sturdy paper with wide margins. The centerfold has been reinforced with tissue on verso and a couple of marginal tears repaired. There are a couple insignificant spots in the map, still overall very good. The bottom edge is creased, well away from the map.