PCT-56419

Essai sur la Geographie de l'Ile Timor - Anonymous (1825)

  • Technic: Etching / stipple engraving on wove paper.
  • Condition: Good, given age. Some thumbing and small stains in the margins. A faint crease in the left margin. Far left margin lightly dampstained. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1825
  • Overall size: 19,7 x 13,4 inch
  • Image size: 12,2 x 9,1 inch
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Description: Antique print, titled: 'Essai sur la Geographie de l'Ile Timor.' - ('Map of Timor Island'). A map showing Timor and the surrounding nearby islands (Floris, Sabrao, Solor, Lomblem, Panter, Ombai and Wetter. With an inset map of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). Source: 'Voyage autour du monde sur les corvettes Uranie et la Physicienne pendant les annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820', Paris: 1825. This series of exquisitely engraved prints constitutes a unique documentation of exotic unknown lands and their inhabitants, made during the voyage of the Uranie (in honour of the muse of astronomy and geography). The expedition was led by Louis de Freycinet at the behest of the newly restored French king Louis XVIII and to restore prestige for the French nation.

Artists and Engravers: Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Louis de Freycinet'. Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet (1779-1841) was a French navigator who circumnavigated the earth. In 1811 he published the first map to show the complete coastline of Australia.