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Papua New Guinea

The chart appeared in Atlas du voyage de Bruny-Dentrecasteaux, contre-amiral de France, commandant les fregates la Recherche et l'Esperance, fait par ordre du gouvernement en 1791, 1792 et 1793 : publie par ordre de sa majeste l'empereur et roi, sous le ministere de son excellence le vice-amiral Decres ...

Finally engraved sea chart of a part of Papua New Guinea that Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux traveled on his search for La Perouse in 1792 and 1793.  

This chart follows Bruni d'Entrecasteaux's track from the Louisiade Archipelago (named for Louis XV by Louis Antoine de Bougainville) up the southeastern coastline of Papua New Guinea in June 1793, just a month before the explorer died of scurvy. After his death, the expedition ended in the East Indies amid open clashes between the Royalists and the Republicans in the crew. Condition: