Auction 136, Lot 406

"South Part of St. Domingo, or Hispaniola", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Hispaniola

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: The West-India Atlas or, A Compendious Description of the West-Indies

Color: Hand Color

24.3 x 18.3 inches
61.7 x 46.5 cm

Thomas Jefferys was one of the most important English map publishers of the 18th century. His work included prints and maps of locations around the world, but his most notable maps are of North America and the West Indies. He began his career in the map trade in the early 1730s, working as an engraver for a variety of London publishers, and eventually setting up his own shop. In 1746, he was appointed Geographer to the Prince of Wales, and in 1760 he became Geographer to the King. These titles granted access to manuscripts and cartographic information held by the government. In the early 1760s he embarked on an ambitious project to produce a series of English county maps based on new surveys, but ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy in 1766. He then partnered with London publisher Robert Sayer, who reissued many of Jefferys plates and continued to issue new editions after Jefferys' death in 1771. Jefferys' American Atlas and the accompanying West-India Atlas, published post posthumously, are considered his most important cartographic works.

This superb nautical chart displays the southern portion of the island of Hispaniola from Cap Dame Marie eastward to Cabo del Engano. Much of the attention of this chart, however, is drawn to the large compass rose in the center of the image and loxodromic lines drawn in the Caribbean Sea. The chart shows detailed anchorages, hazards and a partial compass rose in the upper left-hand side of the image. This is sheet 12 of Jeffery's 16-sheet chart of the West Indies that formed the heart of this important Revolutionary War period atlas.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #1858.

Condition: B+

Very slight offsetting in image. Repair in bottom centerfold with archival material on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 6/1/2011