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Auction 133, Lot 308

"An Accurate Map of the West Indies, Exhibiting not only all the Islands possess'd by the English, French, Spaniards & Dutch, but also all the Towns and Settlements on the Continent of America adjacent thereto", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1740 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

14.5 x 11.5 inches
36.8 x 29.2 cm
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A handsome and fully engraved map covering the Southern U.S., Central America, the West Indies and northern South America. It presents a fascinating configuration of Florida as wedge-shaped with a flat bottom. The chart is covered with interesting notations concerning the history of the region, territorial claims, and the Spanish gold fleet. The seas are fully engraved with ruled lines and an extensive array of trade-wind arrows. Compass rose and block-style title cartouche. A long notation gives sailing directions from Europe, Africa, Florida to Jamaica, and from Jamaica to the Windward Passage. It was published in the January 1740 issue of the Gentleman's Magazine.

References: Jolly #GENT-6; Sellers & Van Ee #1681.

Condition: A

Beautiful near fine example with a dark, early impression. Close margins as issued as the plate takes up nearly the entire sheet.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/1/2010