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[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.
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[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!
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[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.
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[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.
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[Old Chart of Havana Harbour] Havanna. Engrav'd for Luffmans Select Plans. 59. London: Luffman, 1802. 165 x 130mm. Stitch holes in margin.
Sea chart of Havana Harbour, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'.
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DIRECCION HIDROGRAFICA DE MADRID.
[An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of the Bahia de Cardenas] Plan de la gran Bahia de Cardenas y de los fondealderos de Cayo de Piedras, Mono y Monillo en la costa Setentrional de la Isla de Cuba... Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1831-c.1860. Touches of original colour. 470 x 630mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Fine condition.
A detailed Spanish chart of the Bahia de Cardenas, just east of Matanzas, separated from Nicholas Channel by the Hicacos Peninsula. The lighthouses are marked with colour.
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[An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of Cuba] Carta Esférica que comprehende desde el Rio Guaurabo hasta Boca-Grande en la parte meridional de la Isla de Cuba. Levantada en 1803 por el Capitan de Fragata D. José del Rio Cosa. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1805-c.1860. 920 x 620mm. Creased, some ink offset, toning at centre fold.
A very detailed Spanish sea chart of part of the south coast of Cuba, between Trinidad and Rio Jatibonico. Drawn up in 1803 by Captain José del Rio Cosa, this chart was originally published 1805 and this example was issued c.1860.
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[An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of Matanzas] Mar de las Antillas. Costa Norte de Cuba. Plano de la Ciudad y Puerto de Matanzas, levantado en 1864 pour el Capitan de Fregata y del Puerto, D. Juan Antequera… Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1865. Tinted lithograph. 620 x 930mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Slight toning at centre fold.
A very detailed Spanish sea chart of the city and harbour of Mantanzas, on the north coast of Cuba
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[An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of Cuba] Carta Esferica De una parte de la Costa Setentrional y Meridional de la Isla de Cuba desde Nuevitas hasta el Rio Camarioca, y desde Sabana la Mar hasta los Jardines, con el Canal Veijo de Bahama y el de Santaren. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1836-66. Touches of original colour. 630 x 930mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Fine condition.
A large and detailed chart of the central third of Cuba. Lighthouses are marked with colour.
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[An uncommon 19th century Spanish sea chart of Cuba] Isla de Cuba. Carta del Canal Viejo de Bahama sugeun los trabajos mas fidedignos nacionales y extranjeros. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1866. Touches of original colour. 630 x 960mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Fine condition.
Detailed chart of the north coast of Cuba, around Cayo Romano. Of particular interest is the sheer number of depth soundings taken on the Grand Bahama Banks, the shallow limestone platforms so dangerous to shipping. The lighthouses are marked with colour.
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