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LIGON, RIchard. [Rare English map of Barbados]
Description Topographique et mesure de l'Isle des Barbades aux Indies Occidentales avec les Noms de ceux a qui appartiement les habitations. Paris, 1674. 390 x 550mm. Trimmed close to printed border lower right for binding, as issued, minor staining.
An early map of the English settlements in Barbados, marking the owners of the plantations. Richard Ligon (1585?-1662) lost his fortune in the upheavals of the English Civil War, finding himself a 'stranger in my own country'. He decided to leave for Barbados in 1647 but, having contracted a fever, returned to England in 1650, where his creditors had him imprisoned for debt. He started work on an account of his time in the West Indies, which was published as 'A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes' in 1657. A second edition followed in 1673, with this French edition the following year where this rare antique map was issued.
[Ref: 12420]    £2,900.00 ($3,712 • €3,321 rates)


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