"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: 1774 (circa)
Color: Black & White
29.5 x 18.5 inches
74.9 x 47 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 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 with some of the nomenclature included in both French and German.
A dark impression on thick hand-laid paper with a "D&C Blauw IV" watermark, issued folding with light offsetting and a 2" binding tear at right that has been repaired with archival tape.