A rare French Dépôt Général de la Marine nautical chart or maritime map of Singapore and the southern part of the Strait of Malacca. The map covers from the Malay Peninsula roughly near Kuala Lumpur south to the islands of Bantan and Bintan, just south of Singapore. It extends west to Sumatra and east to Bintan (Bintang). The map offers a wealth of superb detail throughout, particularly in the vicinity of Singapore and along the treacherous western coast of the Malay peninsula. In the lower right corner a pastedown advertises the reseller, Fillasture Freres, a nautical supply firm based in Bordeaux. This map was engraved by Jacobs in Paris on behalf of the Dépôt Général de la Marine. Cartographically this chart is most likely based upon the work of Horsburgh and the British Admiralty. The chart appears to be quite rare with the OCLC identifying no intuitional examples.
Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine (fl. 1720 - present), often called the Dépôt de Marine, was a French hydrographic mapping organization founded in 1720 under Charles-Hercule of Albert de Luynes (1674 - 1734). Much like the U.S. Coast Survey, the British Admiralty, and the Spanish Deposito Hydrografico, the Dépôt was initiated as a storehouse and distribution center of existing nautical and marine charts. Eventually the Dépôt 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. Learn More...
Very good condition. Blank on verso. Bright and clean. Repaired closed tear, top center.