Paris: [c. 1721]. From the Australian point of view, most interesting for the illustrations drawn from Dampier's explorations on the West Australian coast, particularly the images of fish, birds, squid & plants, the first images of Australian fauna & flora to be seen by the Western world.
It includes extensive text describing the natural history found there, in French. His account of the expedition was published as "A Voyage to New Holland" in 1703. Dampier is regarded by many as Australia's first natural historian.
The three maps at the top of the plate are of the Isthmus of Darien and the Gulf of Panama. Size : 370x433 (mm), 14.57x17.05 (Inches). Many of the maps are based on the work of Guillaume de l'Lisle.
Published in Chatelain's "Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction a l'histoire, a la chronologie & a la geographie ancienne & moderne" in Amsterdam 1721. Many of the maps are based on the work of Guillaume de l'Lisle.
Copperplate engraving, 14.5 x17". Full impression mark with wide margins. Some slight bends in margin, fine overall. Item #25850