"Nouvelle Carte Illustree de l'Oceanie Presentant les Grandes Divisions Physiques la Distribution Geographique des Vegetaux et des Mineraux...", Vuillemin, Alexander A.
Subject: South Pacific Ocean
Period: 1857 (dated)
Publication: Geographie Commerciale et Industrielle
Color: Hand Color
32.9 x 23.7 inches
83.6 x 60.2 cm
Very attractive and scarce map of the islands in the South Pacific. This map provides very good detail of Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and Polynesia with a key to colonial and native holdings. There is great detail and notations throughout, especially in Australia. Two insets appear at bottom right, one of the Marquises and the other of the findings from an expedition led by James Ross. Ross explored the South Pole under England's flag and on January 12, 1841, planted a flag on what his expedition claimed as Victoria Land. The volcanic Mt. Erebus was named after one of Ross' ships. The map is flanked with panels of fourteen finely engraved vignettes featuring the diverse people and exotic animals of the region.
Original color with some short archivally repaired tears around the centerfold, some faint spots, and a few small abrasions. In the blank margins, a couple edge tears at left and right and a small chip at bottom have been repaired with archival materials.