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Auction 125, Lot 366

"Plan of the Harbour and City of the Havana, Surveyed by Don Joseph del Rio, Captain in the Spanish Navy", British Admiralty

Subject: Cuba, Havana

Period: 1844 (published)


Color: Black & White

20.8 x 16 inches
52.8 x 40.6 cm

This fine, scarce chart is the English version of Jose del Rio's important survey of 1798. The harbor is annotated with a systematic network of soundings and the city plan and fortifications are linked to an extensive key below the Admiralty's seal. A note below the key remarks that the meridian and scale have been corrected by Commander E. Barnett, 1844.

References: Cueto #189.

Condition: B+

There are a couple of repaired tears, one of which enters 1" into the map in the key (it appears more as a crease than a tear).

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/24/2008