"L'Isle de la Dominique", Lattre, Jean
Period: 1779 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 23.6 inches
47.2 x 59.9 cm
This rare and very interesting map of Dominica is based on observations made by Davis Ross of the H.M.S. Montagu, 1760-61. It presents a different outline for the island than other large-scale maps of the period with Cape Capucin forming a distinctive point. The map includes a large inset of Prince Ruperts Bay, and is beautifully engraved to show the mountainous topography of the island. We can find little about David Ross, other than a nineteenth century book dealer's catalog entry for his map that was published in circa 1765. Lattre's version has only appeared once on the market in the past 30 years.
Nice impression and original outline color with very wide original margins. There are some light spots scattered throughout the map.