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Laurie & Whittle's New Chart of the Straits of Malacca
London: Laurie & Whittle, 1802. unbound. Sea chart. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 35 1/2" x 48". Magnificent sea chart of the Strait of Malacca including Singapore covers from the Red Islands south past Malacca to Poolo Bitang and the Straits of Dryon. Singapore Island and strait, which was rarely explicitly mentioned in maps of this time, but was nevertheless an important trade artery, is identified here. Till date, the Strait of Singapore is one of the busiest trade routes of the world. An inset of the Straits of Singapore on a larger scale is included below the title. Another large inset of the Passage from Poolo Larra to Cape Rachado on a larger scale is included in the lower left quadrant. The western coast of the Malay Peninsula as well as the eastern coast of Sumatra is beautifully detailed with various towns, mountains, and inlets noted. Countless depth soundings, as well as shading to indicate shoals, reefs, and other undersea dangers are evident throughout. The coast line is illustrated with topographical cross sections. This chart is drawn from several surveys and manuscript charts of Alexander Black, the late Mr. John Redford of the Nonsuch together with those of Captain Horsburgh, G.G. Richardson, John Lindsay etc. etc. Published in "The East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, on One Hundred and Eighteen Plates: Containing a Complete Collection of Charts and Plans, &c..." Maps are based on the 1745 French "Neptune Oriental" by Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette. The later English editions include various additions. With their beautiful and unusual visual approach, these incredibly scarce sea charts are rarely available for sale. Minor overall offsetting. Stains at places and minor wear along along edges. Robert Laurie (c. 1755 - 1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818) were London-based map and atlas publishers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Their firm combined Laurie's engraving skills with Whittle's social contacts and print sales experience. Together, they published numerous maps and atlases, often enlisting prominent cartographers such as Kitchin, Faden, Jefferys and others to update and modify their plates. Scarce.
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