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  AMERICA 
 West Indies 

RUSCELLI, Girolamo. [Early map of Hispaniola]
Isola Spagnola Nova. Venice: Ziletti, 1574. 185 x 260mm.
A 16th century map of Hispaniola, published in Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo'. This is an example of the second state, with the top of the plate trimmed, without the sea monsters added in 1599.
[Ref: 17446]    £300.00 ($381 • €341 rates)


HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. [A Dutch edition of Herrera y Tordesillas's map of the West Indies]
Description del Destricto del Audiencia dela Espanola. Amsterdam: Michiel Colijn, 1622. 215 x 290mm,
A Dutch copy of one of the few Spanish maps of the Americas printed during the period of exploration, from an updateded edition of Herrera's 'Descriptio Indiæ Occidentalis', first published in 1601. It shows Florida, the Bahamas and the West Indies south to Venezuela, with keys of places on the islands. After a century of official silence on Spanish exploring, Philip II appointed Herrera y Tordesillas Historian of the Indies and allowed him full access to the official archives. The result was a comprehensive study of Spanish involvement in the New World. The 14 maps, regarded as very accurate for their time, were derived from the manuscript charts of Juan López de Velasco and are some of the very few printed Spanish maps of America. Although this Dutch edition was updated, the only differences to the map are a wider plate and the title is bottom right rather than top right. BURDEN: 198.
[Ref: 17448]    £700.00 ($889 • €795 rates)


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 ($3,683 • €3,294 rates)


OTTENS, Joachim. [Early 18th century map of the Caribbean Islands]
Tabula Novissima atque accuratissima Caraibicarum insularum sive Cannibalum quæ etiam Antillae Gallicae dicuntur... Amsterdam, Joachim Ottens, c.1710. Original colour. 590 x 500mm. Very fine condition.
A detailed map of the Windward Islands from Guadeloupe south to Grenada, including the small islands of Mustiques and Union, with a large inset map of Martinique. Grenada has been moved north and is shown west of Carriacou, so that it fits on the sheet. This map is usually seen as published by Joachim's two sons, Reiner & Josua.
[Ref: 17440]    £1,200.00 ($1,524 • €1,363 rates)


FORD, Richard. [A rare English map of Barbados]
A New Map of the Island of Barbados, wherein every Parish, Plantation, Watermill, Windmill and Cattlemill is described with the name of the Present possessor and all things els Remarkable according to a Late Exact Survey thereof. London: George Willdey, c.1715. 485 x 570mm. Binding folds flattened, some creasing upper left.
An extremely influencial map of Barbados, orientated with north to the right, with four inset town plans ('Bridge Toun', 'Ostines Toun', 'Hale Toun', and, without a border in the sea, 'Speights Toun'. Bottom right, within a border featuring allegorical figures of Britannia & Ceres and the arms of George I, is 'A New Description of the Island of Barbados'. Other decorations include a compass rose, a scale cartouche featuring cherubs and carouches for the publisher's inscription and key. On the map the owner of each plantaion is named and there are depictions of sugarcane, pineapples, 'bennawno' (banana trees, Indian corn, a pawpaw, and apparently cotton plants and palm trees. The map was surveyed by Richard Ford (or Forde) and first published c.1674 by London publishers John Overton, Robert Morden, William Berry, and Thomas Pask. Soon afterwards the plate was bought by Philip Lea and John Seller. Despite the lifespan of the plate this is a very scarce map.
[Ref: 16282]    £8,000.00 ($10,160 • €9,088 rates)


LEA, Philip. [A very scarce map of The English Possessions in America]
A Generall Mapp of the Continent and Islands which are Adjacent to Jamaica. [on sheet with] The English Empire. [on sheet with] A New Mapp of the Island of Jamaica London: George Willdey, c.1715. 490 x 570mm.
Three maps of one sheet: the lower half is a detailed map of Jamaica, with an inset of Port Royal; top left is a map of the West Indies with the mainland up to Cape Fear; and top right is a map of the English colonies between the Ashley and Cooper River to Boston. Although it was originally published by Lea in 1685, Burden could find no example of the first state; the second state had Lea's new address in Cheapside; this third and final state has Willdey's imprint. BURDEN: 608.
[Ref: 16283]    £4,500.00 ($5,715 • €5,112 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 ($15,875 • €14,200 rates)


GUTHRIE, William. [Early 19th century map of the West Indies]
Le Isole Antille Con Le Lucaye. 1803. London, 1804. Original colour. 245 x 345mm.
Map showing the islands of the West Indies, with a coloured key to mark which colonial power they belonged to at the time.
[Ref: 17251]    £285.00 ($362 • €324 rates)


 Cuba 

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 ($1,778 • €1,590 rates)


GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. [Havana during the Seven Years' War]
Plan of the City & Harbour of Havanna. London, 1762. 125 x 195mm.
Map and harbour chart, with soundings, of Havana, Cuba, with a seventeen point key to notable places. The plan was published towards the end of the Seven Years' War, when the British sent five warships and 4,000 men to attack Havana. In the Treaty of Paris the following year Britain swopped Cuba for Florida.
[Ref: 17218]    £220.00 ($279 • €250 rates)


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