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1814 - Chart of Terra Australis by M. Flinders, Commr. Of H.M. Sloop Investigator, South Coast Sheet V 1798, 1802 & 3 (Bass Strait, Melbourne, Victoria)

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Matthew Flinders 890 x 610 mmD1 / M329 / I296Very good condition. Please contact us for a full condition report.

First edition of Flinders' important and desirable chart of Bass Strait. More information to come

Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was an accomplished navigator and cartographer, having circumnavigated the Australian continent, proved that Tasmania was not joined to the mainland, and played a major part in the naming of Australia. Despite Flinders’ short life he accomplished some exceptional feats. His charts were of a particularly high standard and though published in 1814, many continued to be republished and used until recent years. Flinders’ most famous chart was of the Australian continent, published in 1814, which is famously named ‘General Chart of Terra Australis or Australia’. It was the first prominent chart to specifically label the continent as Australia. Sadly, Flinders journeys were marked by some disappointments including shipwrecks, poor vessels, and most notably his six year imprisonment by the French on Mauritius. His imprisonment meant that he was not the first to publish the newly discovered regions of Australia or a ‘complete’ map of the continent. However in 1814 shortly before his death his famous atlas was released with 16 charts detailing a majority of the Australian coastline.


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