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Auction 115, Lot 326

"An Accurate Map of the West Indies…", Anon.

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1740 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

15.2 x 11.5 inches
38.6 x 29.2 cm

A handsome and fully engraved map covering the Southern U.S., Central America, the West Indies and northern South America. Presents a fascinating configuration of Florida as wedge-shaped with a flat bottom. The chart is covered with interesting notations concerning the history of the region, territorial claims and the Spanish gold fleet. Extensive trade-wind arrows and a compass rose fill the seas. A long notation gives sailing directions from Europe, Africa, Florida to Jamaica, and from Jamaica to the Windward Passage. Complete with the original Gentleman's Magazine, January 1740.

References: Jolly GENT-6; Sellers & Van Ee #1681

Condition: D

Map is generally very good less the missing upper left corner about 1.5" into map, and long tear at top, closed on verso with tape. The map is disbound from the magazine.

Estimate: $120 - $140

Sold for: $95

Closed on 6/21/2006