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  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

THORNTON, John. [Early English chart of the environs of Chesapeake Bay]
Virginia, Maryland, Pennsilvania, East & West New Jersey. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Two sheets conjoined, total 510 x 800mm. A good impression.
A large chart of the coasts around Chesapeake Bay, orientated with north to the right, showing from Staten Island south to Cape Henry, marking Philadelphia and Baltimore. It was drawn by John Thornton after the chart by Augustine Herman, with additions from other sources. Herman (c,1621-1686), a Bohemian cartographer, worked for Cecil Calvert (1605-75), 2nd Baron Baltimore, the first Proprietor of the Province of Maryland. As a reward he was allowed to establish a plantation, 'Bohemian Manor', now Chesapeake City, Maryland, shown on this chart. Thorton's version was first published in the 1689 edition of 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Mount and Page had this new plate engraved in 1742 . See BURDEN: 667.
[Ref: 15467]    £5,000.00 ($6,485 • €5,770 rates)


THORNTON, John. [Early English chart of Carolina]
A New Mapp of Carolina. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 430 x 520mm. A very good example.
An important English sea chart of the coasts of Carolina from Cape Charles south to near Hilton Head, orientated with north to the right. An inset detail shows the approaches to Charleston. The chart was first published in the 1689 edition of 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation... Also, a New Description of Newfoundland, New-England, New-York, East and West New Jersey, Dellevar-Bay, Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina'. This was the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Despite the numerous errors it remained the most popular chart of the area for well over fifty years. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15471]    £4,250.00 ($5,512 • €4,905 rates)


 Canada 

THORNTON, John. [An early English chart of northern Canada with Hudson's Bay]
A New and Correct Chart of the North Part of America from New Found Land to Hudson's Bay. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 440 x 560mm. Repairs to top edge, affecting printed border.
A chart of northern Canada, with Hudson's Bay, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It shows the English obsession with finding the North-West Passage to the East Indies, with Hudson's Bay full of English names despite the early date. Of interest are the names of the three original Hudson's Bay Company forts, at Albany (founded 1679), Moose (here 'Mouse') River and Rupert's River. Further south the French-dominated areas around the St Lawrence are depicted only vaguely, without the Great Lakes, indicative of the blanket ban on British shipping by the French. The chart was compiled by John Thornton (1641-1708) and first published in his 'Atlas Maritimus' in 1704. This example was published in an edition of Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation... Also, a New Description of Newfoundland, New-England, New-York, East and West New Jersey, Dellevar-Bay, Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina'. This was the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15550]    £600.00 ($778 • €692 rates)


 West Indies 

THORNTON, John. [A British sea chart of Jamaica]
The Island of Jamaica. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 410 x 530mm. A dark impression.
A chart of Jamaica with an inset of Port Royal. First published c.1700, this example comes from Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation...', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources.
[Ref: 15697]    £750.00 ($973 • €866 rates)


THORNTON, John. [A scarce English chart of Antigua]
A Large draught of the Island Antegua. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Coloured. 260 x 330mm, set in text.
First published c.1700, this example comes from Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation...', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources.
[Ref: 16549]    £370.00 ($480 • €427 rates)


THORNTON, John. [An 18th century chart of Barbados]
Barbados. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 290 x 260mm, set in text.
A sea chart of the coasts of Barbados, with a letterpress description of the island and a woodcut coastal profile underneath, from Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation...', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. It was original published by Thornton on the same plate as a chart of Bermuda, but for some reason the charts were separated, with the original title for Barbados also cut.
[Ref: 16951]    £480.00 ($623 • €554 rates)


 Bermuda 

THORNTON, John. [A scarce English chart of Bermuda]
Bermudas London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Irregular plate, at most 295 x 225mm, set in a page of text.
A chart of Bermuda, first published in Thornton's 'English Pilot, The Fourth Book...' in 1689. Originally it shared a plate with a map of Barbados but in the edition of 1728 the maps had been separated and each was printed on a text sheet. The cut followed the engraved border between the two, so this map has an unusual arc in the right side of the plate. On the reverse of the sheet is a text headed 'A Desciption of Bermudos (or the Summer Islands) , with a note 'I would advise every one to take special Care upon this Coast, for there are abundance of Rocks which are very dangerous'. PALMER: p.24. Plate XXVIII for uncut plate.
[Ref: 15633]    £1,800.00 ($2,335 • €2,077 rates)


  ASIA 
 Indonesia 

THORNTON, John. [Borneo]
A Large Draught of the South Part of Borneo. London, Samuel Thornton, c. 1711. 435 x 525mm. Narrow margins at top and bottom.
Uncommon sea chart, published in Thornton's 'English Pilot The Third Book', concentrating on oriental navigation. Marked are Banjarmasin and Pulau Laut.
[Ref: 9384]    £300.00 ($389 • €346 rates)


  AFRICA 

THORNTON, John. [An early English Slavers' chart]
A General Chart from England to Cape Bona Esperanca with the Coast of Brasile. London, Samuel Thornton, c. 1711. 530 x 435mm. Trimmed within printed border bottom left.
A sea chart showing the Atlantic coasts of Europe, Africa and South America, the triangular route of the English slave trade, dedicated to the Royal African Company whose armorial adorns the title cartouche. Originally governed by James Stuart, Duke of York (later James II), the company's charter of 1660 gave it a monopoly over English trade with West Africa, which originally was intended for the gold from the fields up the Gambia River (source of the name 'guinea' for a gold coin). The company soon turned to slaving, transporting slaves from Africa to Brazil, exchanging them for produce from the plantations. The company often branded their slaves with 'DY' for 'Duke of York'. Published in Thornton's 'English Pilot The Third Book'.
[Ref: 9734]    £1,000.00 ($1,297 • €1,154 rates)


 Southern Africa 

THORNTON, John. [South West Africa]
A New Mapp of ye Coast of Guinea from Cape de Verd to Cape Bona-Esperance. London, Samuel Thornton, c. 1711. 425 x 530mm. Trimmed into printed border at bottom, false margin with mss. fill added.
Uncommon sea chart orientated with north to the left, published in Thornton's 'English Pilot The Third Book', concentrating on oriental navigation.
[Ref: 9452]    £950.00 ($1,232 • €1,096 rates)


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