"Carte du Detroit de Magellan dans Laquelle on a Insere les Observations et les Decouvertes du Capne. Byron, du Capne. Wallis, et du Capne. Carteret",
Subject: Strait of Magellan
Period: 1774 (circa)
Color: Black & White
29.5 x 18.6 inches
74.9 x 47.2 cm
A spectacular chart detailing the Straits of Magellan and illuminating the truly complicated and treacherous nature of this passage. It depicts the discoveries of the navigators Byron, Wallis and Carteret. Terrific detail includes soundings, current directions, shoals and anchorages. Four large land approach views (Cap des Vierges, Rochers Blancs, Cap Beau Tems and Vue du Port Famine) in upper portion show the land to be rugged and mountainous. Published in a German edition of John Hawkesworth's An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere.
Issued folding on heavy, watermarked paper with a binding trim at left and associated 4" and 2.5" binding tears that have been closed on verso with archival tape. A dark impression with light printer's ink residue and a few small spots. The bluish hue in the image is caused by the scanner and is not physically on the map.