A beautiful French nautical chart or map of Martinique issued in 1831 by the Depot de la Marine. Offers sumptuous detail both inland at sea. There are countess depth soundings as well as notes on undersea features such as banks and shoals. Equally impressive detail inland with beautifully engraved topography throughout. Today Martinique, with its French Caribbean culture, lush rainforests, and stunning beaches is considered a jewel of the Caribbean. Issued by M. Monnier and M. Le Bourguignon-Duperre for the Depot-general de la Marine in 1831.
Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine (fl. 1720 - present), often called the Depot de Marine, was a French hydrographic mapping organization founded in 1720 under Charles-Hercule of Albert de Luynes (674-1734). Much like the U.S. Coast Survey, the British Admiralty, and the Spanish Deposito Hydrografico, the Depot was initiated as a storehouse and distribution center of existing nautical and marine charts. Eventually the depot initiated its own mapping activities in an attempt to improve and expand upon existing material. Some of the more prominent cartographers and hydrographers associated with the of Dépôt des Cartes were, Philippe Buache, Jacques-Nicholas Bellin, Giovanni Rizzi-Zannoni, Rigobert Bonne, and Jean Nicolas Buache.
Good. Full centerfold repair. Minor repairs to margins. Oveall toning.