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LAWRANCE, George Bell. [An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of St Thomas]
Plano del Puerto del S.Thomas. Levantado en 1851, por el Teniente de Navio de la Marina Real Inglesa G.B. Lawrance. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1863. Tinted lithograph, with touches of original colour. 650 x 960mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Fine condition.
A Spanish edition of Lawrance's detailed chart of the approaches to Charlotte Amalie, the port of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The lighthouses are marked with colour. Lawrance spent a decade in the West Indies mapping for the Admiralty. Among his output was a general chart of the Virgin Islands, the Island of Tortola and the route from St Domingo to Dominica. At the time of publication the U.S. government was considering buying the Danish Virgin Islands for $7.5 million, but failed to get popular support. In 1917, justifying the purchase as defence against German attacks in the West Indies, the U.S. bought the Islands for $25 million in gold.
[Ref: 11834]    £4,000.00 ($5,080 • €4,544 rates)


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