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[Early 19th Century plan showing Alaska and the Bering Strait] Behring's Straits. Engrav'd for Luffman's Select Plans. London: Luffman, 1802. 170 x 135mm.
Chart of the Bering Strait, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'.
($158 • €145 rates)
[An uncommon Spanish sea chart of the Eastern Seaboard] Carta Esferica de las Costas Orientales de los Estados Orientales en la America Setentrional desde el Rio de San Juan hasta Nueva York. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1826-c.1863. Touches of original colour. 640 x 950mm.
A Spanish chart of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Long Island south to the Georgia/Florida border, with Chesapeake Bay shown in detail. Bermuda is shown bottom right. The lighthouses marked in colour.
($2,142 • €1,972 rates)
[An English two-sheet sea chart of New England] A Correct Map of the Coast of New England 1731. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Two sheets conjoined, total 470 x 1080mm. Original folds flattened. A very fine example.
A reduced version of Southack's incredibly rare eight-sheet chart of New England. It shows from Sandy Hook to the southern tip of Cape Breton, with an inset detail of Boston Harbour. Cyprian Southack (1662-1745) emigrated to Boston in 1686, where he acted as a privateer during King William's War (1688-97), before being appointed commander of the 'Province Galley', the only ship of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay's navy. After the war he continued producing charts of British territory in America, as far north as Newfoundland, This chart was published in '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'. This was the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Such was the importance of this map that Mount and Page had a new plate copied for the 1775 edition. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
($9,450 • €8,700 rates)
[Early English chart of the environs of Chesapeake Bay] Virginia, Maryland, Pennsilvania, East & West New Jersey. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Two sheets conjoined, total 510 x 800mm. A good impression.
A large chart of the coasts around Chesapeake Bay, orientated with north to the right, showing from Staten Island south to Cape Henry, marking Philadelphia and Baltimore. It was drawn by John Thornton after the chart by Augustine Herman, with additions from other sources. Herman (c,1621-1686), a Bohemian cartographer, worked for Cecil Calvert (1605-75), 2nd Baron Baltimore, the first Proprietor of the Province of Maryland. As a reward he was allowed to establish a plantation, 'Bohemian Manor', now Chesapeake City, Maryland, shown on this chart. Thorton's version was first published in the 1689 edition of 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Mount and Page had this new plate engraved in 1742 . See BURDEN: 667.
($6,300 • €5,800 rates)
[Early English chart of Carolina] A New Mapp of Carolina. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 430 x 520mm. A very good example.
An important English sea chart of the coasts of Carolina from Cape Charles south to near Hilton Head, orientated with north to the right. An inset detail shows the approaches to Charleston. The chart was first published in the 1689 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'. This was the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Despite the numerous errors it remained the most popular chart of the area for well over fifty years. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
($5,355 • €4,930 rates)
[Large 18th Century sea chart of the North Eastern Seaboard] Carte Réduite des Costes Orientales de L'Amerique Septentrionale I.re Fueille contenant L'Isle Royale, L'Accadie, La Baye Françoise, La Nouvelle Angleterre et la Nouvelle Yorc.. Paris: Dépôt de la Marine, 1757. 585 x 870mm. A fine example.
Large and detailed chart of the Eastern Seaboard from New York north to Cape Breton and Price Edward Island. With an inset of Boston Harbour.
($2,331 • €2,146 rates)
DES BARRES, Joseph Frederick Wallet.
[Des Barres's chart of Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts] [Untitled chart of Plymouth Bay.] London: Des Barres, c.1777. Coloured. 660 x 490mm, paper watermarked 'J. Bates'. Minor split to centerfold which has been restored.
A chart of Plymouth Bay from the 'Atlantic Neptune', the first British sea atlas of the North American colonies and the first systematic survey of the east coast of North America. It shows in detail the environs of Plymouth, famous as the foundation colony of New England.
Des Barres (1721-1824), a Swiss Huguenot, studied at Basle University before enrolling in the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, where his studies iincluded surveying. On the outbreak of the Seven Years War iin 1756 he was commissioned into the 62nd Foot (Royal American) Regiment and was sent to Canada and participated in the capture of Louisbourg. He was then put to work surveying the St Lawrence River in preparation for Wolfe's attack on Quebec, then planning the defences of Halifax and other harbours, with a young James Cook as his assistant. With the end of the war in 1763 Colonel Des Barres spent the next decade charting the rest of Atlantic Canada. He returned to England in 1774 and was directed by the British Admiralty to create the 'Atlantic Neptune', a four-volume atlas to include his both work and that of other cartographers in the British colonies in America. On the completion of the atlas Des Barres returned to Canada, later becoming Lieut-Governor of Cape Breton Island. He died a month short of his 103rd birthday.
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[The Carolinas] Carte Réduite des Côtes Orientales Del'Amérique Septentrionale Contenant partie du Nouveau Jersey, la Pen-sylvanie, le Mary-land, la Virginie, la Caroline Septentrionale, la Caroline Méridionale et la Georgie. Genova, Yves Gravier, c.1800. 575 x 855mm.
An Italian version of the Depot de la Marine chart of the Eastern Seaboard from Philadelphia to the St John's River in Florida. The western extent of the map is the Appalachian Mountains. The original map was published in 1780 specifically for the French Navy during the American War of Independence. This rare variation, engraved in Rome 1799, comes from Gravier's 'L'Atlas Maritime...'
($1,512 • €1,392 rates)
[An uncommon Spanish sea chart of the Eastern Seaboard] Carta Esferica de las costas orientales de la America Setentrional que comprehende desde Nueva York hasta el Golfo S.n Lorenzo con parte de la Isla Terranova. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1828-c.1863. Touches of original colour. 640 x 950mm.
A Spanish chart of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Long Island north to the Gulf of the St Lawrence & Newfoundland, with the St Lawrence River to Quebec included. The lighthouses marked in colour.
($693 • €638 rates)
DIRECCION HIDROGRAFICA DE MADRID.
[An uncommon Spanish sea chart of Charleston Harbour] América Septentrional. Carolina del Sur. Plano del Puerto de Charleston levantado en 1849 á 1852 por la comision hidrografica de los Estados-Unidos. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1864. Touches of original colour. 990 x 640mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Small tear in the upper margin.
A Spanish edition of the US Costal Survey chart of Charleston Harbour during the period of Civil War siege of Charleston. The lighthouses are marked with colour.
($2,331 • €2,146 rates)
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