Auction 136, Lot 198

One of the Most Beautiful Charts of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay

"Carte Particuliere de Virginie, Maryland, Pennsilvanie, la Nouvelle Iarsey Orient et Occidental", Jaillot/Mortier

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

31.5 x 20.5 inches
80 x 52.1 cm

This large, important nautical chart covers the mid-Atlantic coastline from Staten Island in New York south to Carratuck Inlet in North Carolina with the Chesapeake Bay featured prominently. Two compass roses orient north to the right. The chart is a close copy of John Thornton & William Fisher's chart of the same region that appeared in the English Pilot in 1689. Cartographically it is largely based on the extremely important and rare Augustine Herrman map. The map provides exceptional detail of the waterways including soundings, navigational hazards, and coastal communities. Philadelphia is prominently shown. The chart was prepared by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot, and appeared in the atlas Suite du Neptune Francois in 1700 and Atlas Nouveau in 1708, published by Pierre Mortier whose imprint is in the distance scale at lower left.

References: Papenfuse & Coale, Fig. 29.

Condition: A

Original outline color and very fine condition for such a large chart. There are a few faint spots in the map. There are clean separations on the fold and a couple short edge tears in the wide margins, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000


Closed on 6/1/2011