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Auction 123, Lot 379

"A New General Chart of the West Indies from the Latest Marine Journals and Surveys…", Sayer, Robert

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1790 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

40 x 27.5 inches
101.6 x 69.9 cm

A spectacular, large-scale chart of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean printed on two separate sheets (dimensions given as if joined). The map is extremely detailed, and filled with information on coastal features, soundings, shoals and hazards. It extends to Central America and the northern tip of South America. The area now known as Belize is delineated as British Logwood Cutters, referring to the logwood, greatly valued in Europe as the principal dyestuff for the expanding wool industry. By the 1770s, mahogany replaced logwood as the main export from Belize. The title is surrounded with a well-engraved cartouche comprised of items relating to the trade in the region. An uncommon map.


Condition: A

A superb impression on two strong sheets with very faint toning on the horizontal centerfold.

Estimate: $3,250 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 2/20/2008