Auction 122, Lot 399

"A New Map of the Island of Tobago shewing all the Rocks Shoals and Soundings Engraved from an Actual Survey", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Tobago

Period: 1762 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.4 x 17.2 inches
59.4 x 43.7 cm

An extremely rare map of Tobago, later copied by William Faden. The island is shown in seven divisions, including Sandy Point, Rockly Bay, Courland, Barbados Bay, North East, Great River, and Queen's Bay. The map names the Buccoo Reef and Bay, Minister Bay, and the capitol of Scarborough. The map is graced with a pair of extravagant cartouches in Kitchin's distinctive style. The first is surrounded by an ornate border attended by Neptune; the lower cartouche contains a dedication to Thomas Pye by Joshua Rhodes, topped with windheads and surrounded with shells and nets. Sold by Joshua Rhodes at Twickenham, and Thomas Kitchin in London.

References: MCC-10, #35.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on a strong sheet with minor soil and chipping in the generous margins. Centerfold reinforced on verso.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,100

Closed on 12/5/2007