London: Henry Gregory, 1777.
Sea chart. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 20.5 x 33 inches, sheet measures 22.5 x 35.75 inches. Shows some light foxing. In very good condition.
Striking sea chart based on a VOC manuscript map, fathoms, depths rocks and safe soundings are noted. Batavia was the name of the capital city of the Dutch East Indies that corresponds to the present day Central Jakarta. Henry Gregory (1744-1782) was a British mathematical and optical instrument maker. One of his azimuth compasses accompanied James Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific (1772-1775). The chart appeared as one of 46 in "A New Directory for the East Indies". This directory was designed for professional rather than popular use and valued in commercial as well as military navigation. As many of these maps were destroyed by the wear and tear of sea travel, this chart is an exceptional document of this active region, both yesterday and today.
Condition: Very Good