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Auction 125, Lot 126

"A Chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence, Composed From a Great Number of Actual Surveys and other Materials, Regulated and Connected by Astronomical Observations", Jefferys/Sayer & Bennett

Subject: Canada

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: American Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 24 inches
49.5 x 61 cm

First state of this handsome sailing chart of the gulf, embracing Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Britain, complete with rhumb lines, soundings, shoals and numerous notations. The coastlines are presented in great detail, naming a profusion of harbors and ports. A table of Astronomical Observations lists the latitude and longitude of various major ports. This is an excellent example of the work of Thomas Jefferys, one of the most outstanding English cartographers of the late 18th century.

Jefferys was geographer to the Prince of Wales, later King George III, and the leading map supplier of his day. Jefferys died in November 1771 and his successors, Robert Sayer and John Bennett, gathered several separately published maps to form The American Atlas, the most important 18th-century atlas of America .

References: Kershaw #597, Phillips (M) p. 762.

Condition: B+

Full original color with some toning on centerfold. There are some minor edge tears and tape residue in the blank margins, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/24/2008