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Terra Australis charted
Title : Terra Australis charted Terra Australis charted
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Creator : Thevenot, M. (Melchisedech), 1620?-1692
Source : Relations de divers voyages cvrievx ..., vol. 1-2, pt. 2
Place Of Creation : Paris
Publisher : De l'imprimerie de Iacqves Langlois
Date of creation : 1663-1673
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Thevenot's map was the first map produced that was devoted entirely to Australia, and shows all of the Dutch discoveries of the Western Australian, North Australian, Tasmanian and a small section of the South Australian coast to the Islands of Saint Francis and Saint Peter (Nuyts Archipelago). 'Land van P. Nuyts' includes the first section of the South Australian coast which was discovered in January 1627. The map also includes the west coast of New Zealand (the two islands shown joined), and the south coast of New Guinea, which appears as if it may be joined to Australia. (Torres' discovery of the strait between was secret for many years.) Previous maps that showed the extent of knowledge of Australia's coast had been maps of the world or of the South Asian, East Indies region.

The map is in volume 1 of Relations de divers voyages cvrievx [i.e., curieux], .... by Melchisedech Thevenot, a collection of travels and voyages. It is tipped in between first and second pages of La Terre Australe descouverte par le Capitaine Pelsart ... numbered pp. 50, 51. Note: each section of the volume is separately paged. The map was widely disseminated and copied and was used in 1744 by Emanuel Bowen for John Harris' Navigantium atque itinerarium bibliotheca..., with additional annotations.

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Thevenot, M. (Melchisedech), 1620?-1692

Bowen, Emanuel, d. 1767

Coverage year : 1663
Place : Australia
Further reading :

Schilder, Gunter Australia unveiled: the share of the Dutch navigators in the discovery of Australia Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1976

Wood, G. Arnold The discovery of Australia [by] G. Arnold Wood. Revised by J. C. Beaglehole, foreword by O. H. K. Spate [Melbourne] Macmillan of Australia, 1969

Clancy, Robert The mapping of Terra Australis Macquarie Park, N.S.W.: Universal Press, 1995

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