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The Tasman Map: The Biography of a Map (2019)


The Tasman Map delves into the story of the first Dutch voyages to Australia, set against the background of the struggle of the newly formed Dutch Republic to gain its independence from the Kingdom of Spain and the struggle of the Dutch East India Company for trade supremacy in the East Indies against its Portuguese, Spanish and English rivals. Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries the first map of Australia took shape. The Tasman Map shows a recognisable outline of the north, west and south coasts of Australia that was not to change for another 125 years until the British explorer James Cook charted the east coast in 1770.It was in 1925 and 1933 that the Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, acquired both the Tasman Huydecoper Journal and the Tasman Bonaparte Map. The story of how the library managed to acquire these treasures of Dutch exploration and cartography will bring new recognition to these icons of both Dutch and Australian history.

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Review Granville Allen Mawer (2021) Review of "The Tasman Map: The Biography of a Map". Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography (pp. 106-107). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hiatt, Alfred
Gordin, Michael
Reeves, Eileen A.
Stopp, Klaus
Schilder, Günter
Dym, Jordana
Philosophy and Geography
Coordinates: Online Journal of the Map and Geography Round Table, American Library Association.
Journal of Historical Geography
e-Perimetron: International Web Journal on Sciences and Technologies Affined to History of Cartography and Maps
Yale University Press
Uitgeverij Canaletto/Repro-Holland
University of Chicago Press
University of Virginia Press
Random House
Maps; atlases
Travel; exploration
Sea travel
Science and culture
Scientific expeditions
Cook, James
Baudin, Nicolas
Flinders, Matthew
Bass, George
Swift, Jonathan
de Medici, Cosimo III, Grand-Duke of Tuscany
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
16th century
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain
Pacific Ocean
Great Britain. Royal Navy
National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)

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