"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", Benard, Jacques Francois
Subject: Strait of Magellan
Period: 1780 (circa)
Publication: Relation des Voyages Entrepris par Ordre de sa Majeste Britannique...
Color: Black & White
29.8 x 18.1 inches
75.7 x 46 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, rocks, 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 French 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 minor foxing and a binding trim at lower left. There is light toning along the top edge of the sheet, away from the map image.