Lot 290

D’apres De Mannevillette (Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Denis) 

Le Neptune Oriental, dédié au Roi [with] Supplement, second edition, half-title, one index leaf, 69 engraved maps and charts or coastal views, 32 double-page and folding, mainly by Alexander Dalrymple, featuring inset plans and relief, rhumb lines, soundings, hazards, shoals, and anchorages, very light marginal toning, occasional dust soiling and spotting, red half morocco gilt over original red glazed paper boards, spine gilt in compartments with floral motifs, slightly rubbed, [Phillips, ‘Atlases’, 3166; Howgego, ‘Encyclopediae of Exploration to 1800’], large folio (570x470mm), Demonville & Malassis, Paris & Brest, [1775 – 1781].

***Enlarged second edition of this rare French Sea Atlas showing the coasts of the East Indies, Indochina and Formosa, Africa, Australia, the Red Sea, and India. It includes some fine maps of the Arabian Peninsula, one covering the central portion of the western coast of present-day Saudi Arabia. Mannevillette spent 30 years, working on this edition. Most of the maps are corrected and among the new maps were many prepared by Dalrymple, including the famous map of the Hong Kong area: ‘Carte d’une partie des Côtes de la Chine et des Isles adjacentes depuis l’Isle nommée la Pierre Blanche, jusqu’à celle de l’Artimon’. This the most important milestone chart based upon the surveys made from navigational surveys and soundings in 1754, 1759, and 1760. The chart extends from just West of Macao which is shown as is the Bocca. Tigris narrows on the Pearl River to the North. Prominently shown are the islands around present-day Hong Kong with Lantao and Lamma both identified. Hong Kong island is shown and identified as Fanchinchow with its island nature only tentatively shown. The promontories of Stanley Peak and D’Agular Peaks both tentatively shown in dotted outline.

Estimate: £10,000-£15,000