Auction 129, Lot 403

"Tabago Dresse sur des Arpentages nouveaux Par Jeffreys an 1775…", Le Rouge, George Louis

Subject: Tobago

Period: 1779 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Ameriquan Septentrional

Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 18.8 inches
60.5 x 47.8 cm

This is a very scarce map of the island of Tobago vividly portraying the mountainous terrain and numerous protective bays. The chart is a French issue of Thomas Jefferys' map of 1775. The map illustrates the rapid development of sugar plantations; each large division is noted with the number of estates (286 total) and acreages. Only a small, mountainous portion of the island is undeveloped. The map depicts the Indian villages, watering places, forts (including a demolished French fort), rocks, shoals, and anchorages with very specific navigational notations. Two large insets depict Great & Little Courland Bays and Man of War Bay.


Condition: A+

Minor printer's crease at bottom still fine.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/23/2009