Depot de la Marine

Antique French Sea Chart of Patagonia in South America

Carte des Cotes de l'Amerique Meridionale depuis le Parallele 56°30' Late. Sud jusqu'au Cap de Horn Levee en 1789, 1790 &c."

DESCRIPTION: An attractive large antique French sea chart of Patagonia in lower South America published by France's Depot de la Marine in 1800. This spectacular chart encompasses the southern half of South America. With part or all of what is today Argentina, and Chile and includes the Falkland Islands. The map, as noted in the cartouche, is based on charts or surveys published in 1789, 1790, etc. by officers of the Spanish Navy.

In a few areas where information about the coast was scarce or completely lacking, the coastline is drawn using a very light line with no shading. For example, the "Canal de St. Sebastien" shown on the chart in the upper part of Tierra del Fuego (Fr. "Terre de Feu") near the Bay of St. Sebastien was completely without basis in fact and its questionable existence is communicated by the use of thin lines on both the north and south limits of that feature.

At top is an inset map of the north part of Golfe de St. George showing Isla Tova. This spectacular chart also contains seven very attractive coastal elevation views that would aid navigators as they approached shore:
  • Vue de l'IIe de la Mocha
  • Vue du Cap Blanc
  • Vue de 'Entrée du Port Desire
  • Vue du Cap de 3 Pointes
  • Vue des Iles Salvages
  • Vue des Iles de Diego Ramirez
  • Vue du Cap de Horn
"Prix Trois Francs" at bottom right. Logo of the Depot de la Marine in the lower left of the map.

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: South Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean. Heavy paper. A strong impression. Some minor achival repairs in the margins and centerfold, not impacting the image.



SIZE: 24 " x 35 "


PRICE: $1450


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