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  AMERICA 
 West Indies 

BREGANTE, F. [An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of the Dominican Republic & the Turks and Caicos Islands]
Mar de las Antillas. Carta de una parte de la Isla de S.to Domingo con los Desemboques al N. de la Misma. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1856-67. Touches of original colour. 980 x 630mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Slight toning at centre fold.
A very detailed Spanish sea chart of the Dominican Republic, also showing the Turks and Caicos Islands. Lighthouses are marked in colour.
[Ref: 11838]    £550.00 ($709 • €628 rates)


BREGANTE, S. [An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of Grenada and Tobago]
Mar de las Antillas. Carta de las Islas Granada y Tabago con parte de la de Trinidad y Costa Firme... Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1864-68. Touches of original colour. 630 x 930mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Fine condition.
A large and detailed chart of Grenada and Tobago, with the northern coasts of Trinidad, and the Bocas de Dragon, the entrance to the Gulf of Paria. Lighthouses are marked with colour.
[Ref: 11824]    £800.00 ($1,031 • €913 rates)


OWEN, Richard, BARNETT. E. & SMITH, Thomas. [A detailed 19th Century sea chart of Andros in the Bahamas]
The Grand Bahama Bank from Great Isaac to 23º 40' N. Latitude. Washington D.C.: Hydrographic Office, 1871. 960 x 660mm, on linen as issued, with Eugene F. Medinger's seller's label. Some creasing of edges, a few signs of age.
A detailed chart of Andros, the largest inhabited 'island' of the Bahamas, although broken up by inlets and mangrove swamps. Commander Richard Owen of the Royal Navy surveyed the area between 1836 and 1842, with the Admiralty publishing his chart in 1844. This American edition was first published in 1869, with this example updated to 1861. Eugene F. Medinger was an nautical instrument maker at 115 Broad Street, New York, but his wife achieved a great fame. In 1895 she was struck by a Brooklyn Heights Railroad trolley car, dragged 60 feet and beheaded. Despite being the 105th person to be killed by the company's cars, the manner of her death was too much: charges of manslaughter were brought and the jury found the company 'did feloniously, and culpably, carelessly and negligently kill'. Eugene got $7,500 damages.
[Ref: 18289]    £1,200.00 ($1,547 • €1,369 rates)


 Bermuda 

LEMPRIERE, Clement. [Uncommon 18th century chart of Bermuda]
The Bermudas, or Summer's Islands. From a Survey by C. Lempriere. Regulated by Astronomical Observations. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794. Coloured. 490 x 630mm. Split in lower centre fold.
A large chart of Bermuda, divided into tribes and with the towns and defences marked. Around the island are the sea routes from one part of the island to another, and notes, for example, 'Here is the chief place of Fishing for Whales'. Lempriere's survey of Bermuda, first published in 1738 by Lempriere & engraver W.H. Toms, was a considerable advance on existing maps, many of which were still based on Speed's map of a century earlier. The lifetime of this survey was also excessive: this plate was first published by Sayer in 1775, before being acquired by Laurie & Whittle in 1797; Richard Holmes Laurie published an edition in 1826!
[Ref: 14801]    £2,200.00 ($2,836 • €2,510 rates)


 Cuba 

PEARSON, Robert. [An 18th century chart of Matanzas Bay]
A New and Correct Draught of the Bay of Matanzas, on ye North side of ye Island of Cuba, done from a Survey in the Year 1729 by Rob.t Pearson. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 235 x 310mmm.
A sea chart of Matanzas Bay 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: 16952]    £300.00 ($387 • €342 rates)


BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas. [18th century sea chart of Cuba]
Carte Réduite de L'Isle de Cuba... Paris, Dépôt de la Marine, c.1762. 590 x 890mm.
Large and detailed chart of Cuba with a rococo title cartouche. In 1762 the British took Havana from the Spanish, but returned it according to the Treaty of Paris the following year. Bellin was the first Chief Hydrographer of the Dépôt, the French equivalent of the British Admiralty.
[Ref: 17427]    £1,400.00 ($1,805 • €1,597 rates)


IMRAY, James. [A 19th century blue-back sea chart of Cuba]
Island of Cuba. London, James Imray & Son, 1854-63. Touches of original hand colour, 670 x 1015mm, backed with blue paper as issued, with Imray's title label and chart-seller's trade card label on reverse. One small tear in edge, otherwise remarkably in good condition for a blue back chart.
A large and detailed 'blue-back' chart of Cuba and the surrounding islands, including Grand Cayman, South Andros and Inagua. Underneath the chart are six inset details, including Havana, Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba and Matanzas. The trade label applied on verso is of Alexander Cairns, 'Chronometer, Watch and Nautical Instrument Manufacturer', who operated at 12 Waterloo Road, Liverpool, c,1850-80).
[Ref: 19010]    £2,800.00 ($3,609 • €3,195 rates)


 Central America 

DE WIT, Frederick. [A fine chart of Central America]
Novæ Hispaniæ, Chili, Peruviæ, et Guatimalæ Littoræ. Amsterdam, c.1688. Original colour. 490 x 560mm. Narrow top margin.
Highly decorative chart of central America and north west South America, orientated with north to the left, showing Yucatan south to Peru and Chile, as well as parts of Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. Despite being known to Europeans as early as 1535 the Galapagos Islands are omitted. The chart was published in the 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', with a highly decorative cartouche in full colour, featuring Conquistadors, Incas, allegorical figures including Mercury and sea nymphs. KOEMAN: Wit 16.
[Ref: 19263]    £1,200.00 ($1,547 • €1,369 rates)


MOUNT & PAGE. [Map of the Scottish Darien Scheme]
An Exact Draught of the Gulf of Darien & the Coast to Porto Bello with Panama In the South Sea & the Scotch Settlement in Calledonia. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 435 x 540mm.
An English chart of the Panama Isthmus, with most cartographic detail on the Caribbean coast, but marking Panama City on the west coast. However, of most interest is the depiction of 'New Caledonia', the Scottish colony on the Isthmus of Darien, shown here in a large inset despite the failure of the colony nearly half-a-century before. The Darien Scheme was an attempt by Scotland to have international trade independent of England. Led by William Paterson (1658-1719, one of the founders of the Bank of England) the plan was to create a trading base on Panama to receive goods from the Far East transported across the isthmus. 'New Edinburgh' was established in 1698, but, due to a bad choice of location, disease, the unhelpfulness of the English and military action by the Spanish, the colony collapsed in 1700, at a cost to Scotland of half a million pounds. Part of the deal for the Act of Union in 1707 was that the losses of the investors would be met by England. Despite this failure the cartographer here still has hopes for the scheme: around the 'Trato River', leading of the southern end of the Gulf of Darien (Uraba) are notes of explorers, for example 'These Indians are best Aquainted with ye Countrey' and This River runns into the Bowels of the Countrey'. This chart was first published in the 1737 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'. The original title read '...Porto Bella with a perticular Draught of the Scotch Settlement...'; Shirley lists a 1749 edition in the British Library as the first appearence of this state. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15468]    £550.00 ($709 • €628 rates)


LUFFMAN, John. [Early 19th Century plan of Portobelo]
Porto Bello. Engrav'd for Luffman's Select Plans. Porto Bello, a most excellent harbour on the Isthmus of Darien in the territory of Terra Firma, in the West Indies. It was discovered by Colombus in 1502. London: Luffman, 1801. 170 x 135mm.
Old chart of the environs of Portobelo, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'.
[Ref: 13184]    £180.00 ($232 • €205 rates)


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