"A Map of the Discoveries Made by Captn. Willm. Dampier in the Roebuck in 1699", Bowen, Emanuel
Subject: Timor, New Guinea & New Britain
Period: 1730 (circa)
Publication: Harris' Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca
Color: Hand Color
12.6 x 7.8 inches
32 x 19.8 cm
This copper engraved map chronicles Dampier's discovery of New Britain Island in the Bismark Sea. The map includes the Indonesian island of Timor and surrounding islands, Iraian Jaya and part of Papua New Guinea. Dampier is credited as making the first comprehensive English contact with Australia, then known as New Holland. After visiting New Holland he sailed along the northern coast of Papua New Guinea, Timor, then to New Britain and finally westward through some of the East Indies, stopping in Batavia (Jakarta) on Java.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HARR-1a #4.
A sharp impression on watermarked paper with light offsetting from an opposing page of text and minor toning.