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Description

A highly important sea chart of the coast of southern China, centered on Hong Kong, published by the French Depot de la Marine.

Based upon surveys and soundings taken in 1754, 1759, and 1760 by Alexander Dalrymple, this is one of the earliest obtainable sea charts to provide a meaningful depiction of the island of Hong Kong, here called Fanchinchow.

The chart extends from just West of Macao which is shown as is the Bocca. Tigris narrows on the Pearl River to the North. Prominently shown are the islands around present-day Hong Kong,  with Lantao and Lamma both identified. The promontories of Stanley Peak and D'Agular Peaks both tentatively shown in dotted outline.

Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d'Après de Mannevillette Biography

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.