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 West Indies 

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 ($1,048 • €899 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 ($1,572 • €1,349 rates)

MACGILLIVRAY, John. [A detailed survey of Trinidad as Crown Colony]
Map of Motor and Carriage Roads in Trinidad. London: Stanford's Lithographic Establishment, 1921. Colour lithograph. Sheet 660 x 990mm, dissected and laid on linen, folded into orginal cloth covers with publisher's title label. Covers spotted, ownership inscription on label, a few ink mss. notations on the map.
A large map of Trinidad by a Crown Surveyor, highlighting the transport infrastructure, including roads, the Trinidad Government Railway and steamer routes. Much of this development was driven by oil production: by the La Brea Pitch Lake a road is marked 'Oilfield's Private Road'.
[Ref: 16224]    £600.00 ($786 • €674 rates)


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 ($2,358 • €2,023 rates)

ZATTA, Antonio. [One of the most decorative maps of Bermuda]
Le Colonie Unite dell’ America Settentr.le di Nouva Projezione...; Le Isole Bermuda. Venice, 1778. Original colour. 325 x 435mm. A very fine example.
The title-sheet of a twelve-sheet map of the United States, with Bermuda shown on a trompe-l'oil scroll. Bermuda has an interesting cartographic error. The first authoritative map of Bermuda was compiled by Norwood in 1622 and published by John Speed in 1627. Behind the main map Norwood superimposed the coastline of New England and Virginia to show the relative position of Bermuda. Although Zatta has dropped this mainland from his map he has retained the small Bermuda, mistaking it for another island in the chain. This confirms that Zatta's source for this map was over a century old! PALMER: Printed maps of Bermuda, p.26, plate xxxi.
[Ref: 16570]    £2,500.00 ($3,275 • €2,810 rates)

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 ($2,882 • €2,473 rates)


CHASSEREAU, Pierre. [A scarce plan of the harbour of Havana]
Neu und Verbesserter Plan der St. u Hafens Havana auf der Ins. Cuba mit den Wasser Tiesen, Sandbæncken und Klippen nochmalen über Senen v. Pr. Chassereau. Anno 1739. London: Thomas Bowles & Nuremberg: J.C. Homann, c.1740. Original colour. 250 x 290mm. Trimmed from larger sheet, re-margined at bottom.
A scarce plan of Havana, with an eleven-point key detailing the defences. This is an unusual collaboration between two important publishers of England and Germany. The map was published during the 'War of Jenkins' Ear' (1739-48), fought between Britain and Spain over the 'asiento' (right of the British to sell slaves to the Spanish Colonies). Havana was an expected target of a British assault, but Admiral Vernon chose to attack Havana instead.
[Ref: 18320]    £450.00 ($590 • €506 rates)

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 ($393 • €337 rates)

DAUMONT. [Havana View]
A View General of the City de Havana of Amerique. Vue Generalle de la Ville de Havanne en Amerique. Paris, Daumont, c.1760. Original colour. 209 x 370mm. A faint stain in title area.
A 'vue d'optique' of Havana, designed to be looked at through a zograscope, with the title in reverse above the view. The naive style of colouring is standard for these prints, but the English version of the title is unusually inept. In the foreground are a number of ships, including a galleon firing its cannon. The chain boom can be seen across the entrance of the harbour.
[Ref: 7847]    £400.00 ($524 • €450 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 ($1,834 • €1,574 rates)

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