Buk bilong Pikinini would like to sincerely thank Pamela and Ron Walker for the donation of two antique maps to be auctioned at our upcoming Cocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday the 6th of September.
The first map - above left - is a Chromolithographed map from the famed 9th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (“the Scholars’ Edition”) published in 1887-88. This map depicts the extension of colonialism to the non-Dutch part of the island of New Guinea.
The Northern part of what is today Papua New Guinea had not yet been politically annexed by Germany and had come under German commercial control for only 3 years earlier. It is labelled Kaiser Wilhelm Land and a poorly delineated New Britain is “Neu Pommern” (New Pomerania). Papua is colourer pink to show it as British but, technically, it was a protectorate (established in 1884) and did not formally become a colony until 1888.
There are place names along the coast (many of them different from today’s) but very little of the interior is known: only the Fly River and lower part of the Sepik river have been explored and some mountain ranges seen at a distance.
The second map - above left - is a real gem and is entitled "Carte des découvertes du Capitaine Carteret dans la Nouvelle Bretagne.
It is an antique engraved map of New Guinea from showing the tracks of Dampier, Carteret and Cook from a French edition of James Cook's first voyage entitled Relation des voyages entrepris par ordre de sa Majesté Britannique actuellement régnante pour faire des découvertes dans l'hémisphère méridional, et successivement exécutés par le commodore Byron, le capitaine Carteret, le capitaine Wallis et le capitaine Cook dans les vaisseaux "le Dauphin ", "le Swallow" et "l'Endeavour".
Translated by Suard and published in Paris by Saillant et Nyon, Paris 1774 (or a later edition.)
This is a re-engraving of the map in the English edition, but a faithful copy and issued only one year later. As French was at the time the main international language, the French editions of Cook’s Voyages sold in greater numbers than the English and were the form in which his voyage was read in much of Europe.
Inaccurate as the map may seem to us, and purely confined to the coast line, it was for decades the largest and most detailed map of the island of New Guinea.
It is an amazing opportunity to decorate your home with beautiful educational maps!
For more go to: www.oldmapsandprints.biz and speak to Pamela or Ron Walker (pictured below).