Poirson, Jean Baptiste (1760-1831): Planisphere ou Carte Générale du Globe par J.B.Poirson Ingenieur Geographe l’An 1810.
copper engraved map, with some outline colouring; overall 46×70 cm. folding map on 21 segments, pasted on linen. small to no margins; no distinctive platemarks; some foxing and staining; paper label on top verso segment; with vellum tag; vg cond.
The charting of Australia is shown only three years after the accounts of Nicholas Baudin’s epic voyage of discovery in the ships the Naturalist and Geographe were published 1807 which contained the printed chart of Australia to show the complete southern coast. The maps of Australia contained in Baudin’s accounts were printed by Poirson who had accessed to a number of voyages that returned from explorations in the Pacific and Australia. Also included is Bass Strait.
Poirson was a talented geographer and engraver known for the production of magnificent, very large globes, claimed to be the best since those of Coronelli. He also compiled a large number of maps including those for the official accounts of the French voyage of exploration under the command of Nicholas Baudin in 1802-3.
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