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  AMERICA 
 West Indies 

LIGON, RIchard. [Scarce French edition of an 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 ($3,843 • €3,265 rates)


OTTENS, Reinier & Joshua. [A magnificent wall map of the West Indies showing the War of Jenkin's Ear]
Grand Theatre de la Guerre en Amerique Suivant les Plus Novelles observations des Espagnols, Anglois, Francois & Hollandois. Amsterdam: Ottens, c.1741. Original colour. Six sheets conjoined, total 850 x 1590mm. Verdigris weaknesses reinforced on verso.
A monumental map of the West Indies published to illustrate the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1742), which broke out because of Spanish attempts to hamper British trade with Spain's colonies in the Americas. The eight inset maps shown St. Augustine, Havana, 'la Ville Espagnole de S. Domingue'; Porto Bello, Carthagena, Curaçao, Acapulco & Vera-Cruz. The war gained its name from an incident of eight years earlier: in 1731 Robert Jenkins was returning home from Jamaica in his brig the 'Rebecca' when the Spanish coastguard stopped him on suspicion of smuggling. Jenkins was tied to a mast and had one of his ears cut off by the Spanish captain, who handed it back instructing him to tell King George II that the 'same will happen to him if caught doing the same'. Trade rivalry continued and, at the end of the decade, Britain was concerned that Spain would withdraw the 'asiento' (permission for the British to sell slaves in Spanish America). In a Parliamentary debate about the possible loss of this lucrative trade, Jenkins waved his ear at the MPs and gave the pro-war faction a cause that the general public could understand.
[Ref: 13926]    £12,500.00 ($16,563 • €14,075 rates)


MOUNT & PAGE. [A British chart of the Lesser Antilles]
A Chart of the Caribe Islands. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 435 x 530mm.
A chart of the Lesser Antilles, orientated with north to the right, showing from Puerto Rico south to Trinidad and the Gulf of Paria. 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: 15696]    £700.00 ($928 • €788 rates)


IRVING, Washington. [Italian map of The West Indies showing Columbu's voyages]
Carta delle Indie Occidentali, per servire ai viaggi di Cristoforo Colombo. Italy, 1828. 450 x 610mm. Binding folds flattened.
The West Indies, published in an Italian edition' A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus' by Irving Washington (the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow). Engraved by Daniele Del Re'
[Ref: 17656]    £420.00 ($557 • €473 rates)


 Bermuda 

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 ($3,313 • €2,815 rates)


 Cuba 

VERNET, Joseph. [View of Havana harbour]
Entree au Port de l'Havane. Gravee d'apres le Tableau de Vernet. Paris, c. 1780. 180 x 230mm, wide generous margins.
View of Havana Harbour, engraved by Heyden from a painting by Joseph Vernet.
[Ref: 17575]    £400.00 ($530 • €450 rates)


 Central America 

MONTANUS, Arnoldus. [17th century map of Central America]
Yucatan Conventus Iuridici Hispaniae Novae Pars Occidentalis, et Guatimala Conventus Iuridicus. London: John Ogilby, 1671. Coloured. 295 x 350mm.
Shows from Mexico City south to western Panama. This example comes from Ogilby's 'America', an English edition of Montanus' 'De Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld', published the same year by Meurs.
[Ref: 8748]    £550.00 ($729 • €619 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [17th Century miniature prospect of Mexico City]
Mexique. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm.
Detailed bird's-eye view of Mexico City, with local Indians and Conquistadors in the foreground. From Mallet's 'Description de l'Univers'. French text to verso.
[Ref: 17505]    £175.00 ($232 • €197 rates)


MASI, Giovanni Tommaso. [Panama with the Darien Scheme]
Carta Rappresentante l'Istmo di Darien o'sia di Panama. Livorno, 1763. Coloured. 250 x 215mm.
Map depicting the eastern half of Panama and part of the western coastline of Colombia. Marked on the map are many cities, including' Nuova Edinburg' - New Edinburgh, the famous Darien Scheme colony established by the Company of Scotland as a trading settlement in 1698. Although well located, with a good harbour, the colony was short lived. Attacks by Spanish galleons, and devestating illnesses caused the failure of the 'Darien Scheme' as it was now. This contributed to the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and led to the Act of Union with England in 1707.
[Ref: 17635]    £170.00 ($225 • €191 rates)


Royal Geographical Society. [Panama]
Plan of that Part of the Isthmus of Panama Eligible for effecting a Communication Between The Atlantic & Pacific from Observations & Surveys performed in the Years 1828 & 1829, By J.A. Lloyd. London, 1829. 450 x 400mm.
The Isthmus of Panama engraved by J. Gardner and surveyed by J.A. Lloyd, prepared to illustrate John Augustus Lloyd's article 'Account of Levellings Carried Across the Isthmus of Panama', presented at the Royal Geographical Society in 1830.
[Ref: 17653]    £250.00 ($331 • €282 rates)


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