Carte du Détroit de Malacca Partie Méridionale comprenant depuis le Mont Parcelar jusqu'a Singapoure.
1843 (dated) 24 x 35 in (60.96 x 88.9 cm)
1 : 535000
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.
Depot 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. 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 on mapping activities in an attempt to improve and expand upon existing material. Some of the more prominent figures in the development of Depot were Jacques Nicholas Bellin and Riobert Bonne.
Very good condition. Blank on verso. Bright and clean. Repaired closed tear, top center.