1775 Mannevillette Map of the Island and Port of Junkseilon or Phuket, Thailand
Description: This is a scarce 1775 nautical chart or maritime map of the port and harbor of the Island of Phuket, Thailand by Jean-Baptiste d'Apres de Mannevillette. It details the Island of Phuket or Junk Ceylon along with its harbors and the coast of Queda (Kedah). One of the earlier maps to show Phuket in detail. Today Phuket is one of the most visited islands in the world a major center of Thai tourism. In the 18th century Phuket was located on one of the important trading arteries between India and China, as well as being itself a rich source of tin and rubber.
The basic cartography of this map dates to Mannevillette's voyages as pilot for the Compagnie des Indies in the early 1700s. It was originally published in Paris in 1745. This may well be the 1745 edition, but it is unclear as no major changes seem to have been made between the first and second editions. In any case it was republished in 1775 in an expanded second edition of the Neptune Oriental.
The map offers impressive detail including depth soundings, commentary on reefs, rhumb lines, shoals, place names and a wealth of other practical information for the mariner. This chart was drawn by Jean-Baptiste d'Apres de Mannevillette and engraved by Guillaume-Nicolas Delahaye for publication in the 1775 Neptune Oriental
Date: 1775 (undated)
Source: Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste d'Apres de, Le Neptune Oriental, (Paris) 1775.
Cartographer: Jean-Baptiste d'Après de Mannevillette (February 11, 1707 - March 1, 1780) was a French sailor, navigator, and hydrographer active in the mid-18th century. Mannevillette was born in Le Havre to a family of wealthy seafarers. As a young man he studied mathematics and navigation in Paris before earning his sea legs as a commissioned officer on the merchant vessel Marechel d'Estrees bound for the West Indies. Mannevillette eventually attained the rank of Captain with the Compagnie des Indes. In the course of numerous voyages around Africa to India and China, Mannevillette collected and revised a number of regional nautical charts. His sophisticated use of the most modern instruments, most specifically the Octant or English Quarter, and keen mathematical mind enabled Mannevillette to correct many significant errors common to earlier maps of the region. These updates were eventually compiled and published in Mannevillette's most significant work, the 1745 Neptune Oriental. The Neptune Oriental was well received by navigators and earned him admission into the Academy of Sciences. Eventually he took a position with the French Hydrographic department and in 1775 republished his opus in a greatly expanded format. In 1767 King Louis XV conferred the Order of St. Michael upon him and made him an associate of the Royal Marine Academy. Mannevillette died on March first of 1780 at 75 years of age. Click here for a list of rare maps by Après de Mannevillette.
Cartographer: Guillaume Delahaye (1725 - 1802) was the most prolific member of the Delahaye (De-La-Haye) family of engravers active in Paris throughout the 18th century. The Delahaye family engraved for many of the great cartographers of 18th century Paris, including D'Anville and Vaugondy. Guillaume also worked with foreign cartographers such as Tomas Lopez of Madrid. Possibly Delahaye's most significant map is A Map of the Country between Albemarle Sound and Lake Erie prepared for the memoires of Thomas Jefferson. Delahaye was succeeded by his daughter, E. Haussard. Click here for a list of rare maps from the Delahaye Family.
Size: Printed area measures 10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.56 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 400000
Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Left margin extended.
Code: Junkseilon-mannevillette-1775 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Mannevillette , Delahaye , Phuket