Fine sea chart from Mannevillette's Le Neptune Oriental, first published in 1775.
Important early sea chart showing the coastlines of India, Ceylan, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis D'Apres de Mannevillette (1707-1780) was born in Le Havre to a nautical family. Mannevillette would go on to have a long and distinguished career as a navigator and one of the first French hydrographers. After studying mathematics in Paris, he gained early seafaring experience to the Caribbean at the age of 19.
He spent the majority of his career as a naval officer in Asia, where he assembled a collection of material for a projected hydrographic atlas which, with the support of the Academie des Sciences, was published in Paris in 1745 under the title Le Neptune Oriental. Thereafter, Mannevillete spent nearly thirty years, often with the assistance of his friend, Alexander Dalrymple, the English hydrographer, in the preparation of a revised and enlarged edition which eventually was issued in 1775.
Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d'Après de Mannevillette (1707–1780) was a French sailor and hydrographer.
D'Après de Mannevillette was a captain for the Compagnie des Indes, and in this position, he charted the coasts of the East Indies and China. He published the Neptune Oriental for the first time in 1745. It was a major cartographical achievement and a practical resource for navigators sailing to the Indian Ocean and Asia. The 1775 edition encompassed the majority of the known world.
D'Après de Mannevillette's access to up-to-date sources of information – such as explorer´s narratives - and his eagerness to constantly update the cartography of his maps, enabled him to produce some of the most accurate charts of the 18th century.