Auction 119, Lot 402

"[Lot of 3 - Caribbean] Jamaica [and] Guadaloupe [on sheet with] Mariegalante & c / Antigua [and] Chart of the Bahama Islands [on sheet with] The Bermudas or Summer Islands [and] Island of Cuba", Thomson, John

Subject: Caribbean, Bahamas, Jamaica and Bermuda

Period: 1814-1816 (circa)

Publication: New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 19.5 inches
33.8 x 49.5 cm

A trio of attractive, large island maps from one of Thomson's most successful atlases. Thomson's publishing business prospered between 1813 and 1869. His maps are noted for their accuracy, strong impression and fine engraving.

1) Jamaica is a handsome, large chart of the island with two insets, The Harbour of Bluefields and The Harbours of Kingston and Port Royal. This map was based on Jefferys' map of 1775. The map is filled with detail of roads and towns, including Trelawny Town and Accompong Town, both important in Jamaica's Maroon history.
2) Guadaloupe / Mariegalante &c. / Antigua is a sheet with three maps of these important islands in the Lesser Antilles. Each map is filled with excellent detail of the coasts and towns, with some indication of topography.
3) Chart of the Bahama Islands / The Bermudas or Summer Islands / Island of Cuba is a sheet with three maps. There is excellent detail of the coastal areas, roads and towns. The Bahamas map includes soundings and anchorages.

References: Map 1) Kapp, (MCC-42) #145.

Condition: B

All maps have nice original color. 1) This map has light toning on centerfold, marginal split top and bottom centerfold. One short marginal tear in the lower margin closed on the verso with archival tape. 2) Light overall foxing and a couple of tears into the map of Antigua, closed on the verso with archival tape. Additional title at the top of West India Islands was partially trimmed during binding. 3) Two short tears in the bottom margin, both closed on verso with archival tape. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $500 - $700


Closed on 5/9/2007