1799 Wilson Antique Map of the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia

Cartographer :Captain James Wilson

This finely engraved original map of the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia was engraved by Thomas Foot and published by Thomas Chapman in 1799 - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - for the publication A missionary voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the ship Duff, commanded by Captain James Wilson.
Compiled from journals of the officers and the missionaries. With a preliminary discourse on the geography and history of the South Sea Islands; and an appendix, including details never before published of the natural and civil state of Otaheite.

Background: The Duff set out for Tahiti in 1796, but visited many island groups, including particularly Tonga and the Marquesas, and on the outward voyage the expedition visited Rio de Janeiro. A new group of islands, the Duff Group, was discovered among the Santa Cruz islands. The knowledge of Pacific geography was considerably extended. The mission met with continual difficulties because of the civil wars and were finally forced to flee to Australia, though returning some time later in 1815. (Ref: M&B; Tooley)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy & stable
Paper color: - White
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Paper size: - 11 1/2in x 9in (285mm x 230mm)
Plate size: - 11 1/2in x 9in (285mm x 230mm)
Margins: - Min 1/4in (3mm)

Margins: - Left margin cropped to plate-mark
Plate area: - Folds as issued
Verso: - Folds as issued