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Scarce sea chart of the Philippines, Borneo, Java and the north part of Australia, etc., from the Atlas maritimus & commercialis, or, A general view of the world, so far as relates to trade and navigation : describing all the coasts, ports, harbours, and noted rivers ... : to which are added sailing directions for all the known coasts and islands on the globe, with a set of sea charts, some laid down after Mercator, but the greater part according to a new globular projection adapted for measuring scale and compass...the use of the projection justified by Dr. Halley. To which are subjoin'd two large hemispheres on the plane of the equinoctial containing all the stars in the Britannic catalogue: of great use to sailors for finding the latitude in the night  [by] Cutler, Nathaniel , et al.

The atlas was not a commercial success despite the intellectual and technical talents that collaborated in its production. Sir Edmund Halley, John Senex, Nathaniel Cutler, Steven Parker and Daniel Defoe, are associated with this work. This lack of commercial success is responsible for the rarity of its charts.

One of the earliest detailed sea charts of the Phillipines with accurate positioning of Australia and New Guinea.

John Senex (1678-1740) was one of the foremost mapmakers in England in the early eighteenth century. 

Edmund Halley  (1656-1742) was one of Britain’s foremost astronomers and natural philosophers. Best remembered now for the comet named in his honour he was also an explorer and mapmaker famous for his voyages to study magnetic variation.

Copperplate engraving.

495 x 590 mm.

Later hand colour.

Laid down and with numerous tears repaired without print or paper loss.

Very scarce.


A Chart of BORNEO JAVA and the PHILIPPINE Islands [1728].

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