Auction 124, Lot 390

"De Graaf van Cumberlands Verscheyde Reysen na de Kusten van Africa na Porto Rico en anderen Gewesten van America", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Atlantic Ocean

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 5.8 inches
22.4 x 14.7 cm

Fascinating, uncommon map showing the track of the privateering voyage of George Gifford, the Earl of Cumberland, in 1598. Cumberland traveled to Puerto Rico, where he led an attack on the city and succeeded in briefly capturing Fort San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) from the land side of the fort, the only time that fort was taken in battle. However, dysentery overwhelmed his crew and they were forced to retreat after six weeks. This map shows Cumberland's voyage to and from the Caribbean, with North America shown with a very elongated St. Lawrence River ending in one massive, open-ended lake. South America is shown with the fictional lake Parime on the Equator.


Condition: B

An attractive map, issued folding, now flattened. It has an uneven impression on a sheet with a small, filled worm track just off the coast of Africa and with a small repair on the scale of miles.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/7/2008