From 1800-1804 the French Captain, Nicolas Baudin, undertook a voyage of scientific discovery in the Southern Oceans.
On April 8th, 1802, Matthew Flinders, who was undertaking a similar task along with the challenge of being the first to circumnavigate "New Holland", met Baudin off the South Australian Coastline that he was later to call Encounter Bay.
The Captains were both unfortunate on their respective European return as Baudin died at French Mauritius and Flinders was required to "give his parole" and remain on the island until 1810.
In the meantime the French managed to publish an account and atlas of the French discoveries in Paris between 1811-12. The cartouche on this map features Napoleon himself in the upper right hand corner, and a natural history scene revealing the wonders of this previously unrecorded coastline. In the lower left hand corner the two French ships, La Geographe and La Naturalist, are featured.
Size of image = 75cm x 50cm ( 29 1/2 x 19 3/4 inch)
Printed on Archival Quality conservation paper Limited Edition to 250 Giclee prints.
Numbered Archival quality print with accompanied certificate explaining historical significance.
Posted by Innesf27 on 14th Nov 2011
We assume so much but here we have the proof of HISTORY before our very eyes!
Posted by Lynda on 6th Nov 2011
Surepbly illuminating map here, thanks!
Posted by Cash on 6th Nov 2011
Cheers pal. I do apprceate the knowledge this map captures..