"Carte Reduite des Cotes et de l'Interieur de la Presqu'ile de la Floride, avec le Detroit de Cette Presqu'ile et le Canal de Bahama", Sartine
Period: 1780 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
15.8 x 23 inches
40.1 x 58.4 cm
This is a superb map of the Florida Peninsula, covering from St. Mary's River to St. Joseph Bay. It provides excellent detail of the bays, inlets, rocks, shoals, islands and keys along the coast with soundings, towns, forts, and Indian villages. It also includes the Bahama Channel and some of the islands in the Bahamas, the Straits of Florida, and the northern coast of Cuba. Antoine Sartine was the French Minister of Marine and this chart was intended for use by the French Navy during the American Revolutionary War. The seal of the Depot de Marine is at bottom center.
References: Sellers & Van Ee #1621.
There is a faint damp stain at top with some of the blank margin missing. The sheet of heavy paper has been backed with Japanese tissue, evidently only for the purpose of strengthening this small area, as the rest of the sheet is strong and supple. The price normally seen below the neatline has been removed leaving a slight abrasion.