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Blog post from Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Chart of the Antarctic polar circle, with the countries adjoining, [1763] by PHILIPPE BUACHE, 1700-1773

This map was published in 1763 by the Gentleman’s Magazine, with an article entitled ‘Geographical and Physical Observations, including a Theory of the Antarctic Regions, and the frozen Sea which they are supposed to contain, according to the Hypothesis of the celebrated M. Buache’. Philippe Buache trained under de L’Isle and married de L’Isle’s daughter. He later became geographer to the King of France. Unlike de L’Isle, Buache was an exponent of theoretical geography. This map of the Antarctic, produced by Buache, depicts two distinct landmasses, one of which stretches up and includes New Zealand