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SA Auction #100 begins on 14 Jul 2022

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John Barrow

Baie False

au Cap de Bonne Espérance aves les Sondes; Levée en 1797 par l'orde du Contre-Amiral Pringle

Published: Dentu, Paris, 1801

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An attractive chart of False Bay (1797) that illustrated John Barrow's book on the Cape of Good Hope (1804) - the chart is from the French edition of his book (Voyage dans la partie méridionale de l'Afrique ...les années 1797 et 1798) translated by Louis de Grandpré.

When the British captured the Cape Colony in 1795 they found very few maps and charts - they had been taken to the Netherlands by the VOC. Consequently the British undertook the mapping of the colony and charting of its coastline. Barrow's book includes charts produced by hydrographers of the Royal Navy. This chart was produced by Admiral Pringle, after whom today's Pringle Bay (in False Bay) is named.

The chart was folded in the book and the fold lines are still visible. Printed on firm paper that has some mild foxing - the page with the map has been gently de-acidified in water sourced from the spring in Newlands, Cape Town

An attractive chart in good condition, for anyone who lives along or visits False Bay.

  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 25.5cm x 23.6


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