Auction 101, Lot 223

"A New Chart of the Seas, Surrounding the Island of Cuba, with the Soundings, Currents, Ships Courses &c…", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Greater Antilles

Period: 1762 (published)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 10.5 inches
37.3 x 26.7 cm

The London Magazine was the source of some of the most important and elegant maps and views of colonial America. This very attractively designed chart includes Jamaica and the Bahamas has original wash coloring, most unusual for a magazine map. With rococo-style title cartouche and large compass rose with rhumb lines. The tracks of galleons from Carthagena to Havana and the track of the Galleons off the Florida coast and "Homeward Bound" are noted. The depiction of southern Florida with many inland waterways is typical of the time. The inset is a detailed "Plan of the Harbour and town of Havana, taken on the spot by an officer of the Navy." Published in the October 1762 issue. A very interesting and decorative map in exceptional condition.

References: Jolly LOND-217.

Condition: A

Crisp impression with bright original color. Large and complex watermark and another of a royal crown. Small hole in ocean, else fine.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/4/2002