Auction 133, Lot 329

"A New Mapp of the Island of St. Christophers being an Actuall Survey Taken by Mr. Andrew Norwood", Thornton, John

Subject: Lesser Antilles - St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, Martinique

Period: 1698 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 17 inches
52.6 x 43.2 cm

This is an excellent map of St. Christophers, now known as St. Kitts, showing the parishes, forts, settlements, and churches. The map is beautifully composed with two other maps on the same sheet. They are inset into the main map with a vine border and each has its own cartouche and compass rose; A New Mapp of the Island of Guadalupa, and A New Mapp of the Island of Martineca. John Thornton was one of the most important English mapmakers, from the so-called Thames School of chart makers, during the period when Britain dominated mapmaking. In addition to actual chart-making he also was a publisher. He was appointed Hydrographer to the Hudson Bay Company and the East India Company. This is the rare first state with John Thornton's imprint at the England, Scotland and Ireland in the Minories, London in the title cartouche.


Condition: B+

Nice impression printed on double thick paper as was common with sea charts of the period. There is some minor toning and some repaired marginal tears, else very good.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/1/2010