Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 381

"A Map of the West Indies and Middle Continent of America from the Latest Observations", Blair, Rev. John

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1768 (circa)

Publication: The Chronology and History of the World

Color: Hand Color

22.6 x 16.3 inches
57.4 x 41.4 cm

This boldly engraved chart of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean is filled with interesting information, with many forts and towns named. The British colony of Georgia extends to Mobile Bay and its boundary with Florida is noted as Limits Stipulated 1738, leaving the Spanish colony of Florida occupying only the peninsula. A line further south is noted as the Southern Bounds [Georgia] by Charter 1665. The southern portion of Florida is shown as a jumble of large islands, named Bay del Spiritu Santo. Texas is named as the New Kingdom of Leon. The map was engraved by Thomas Kitchin.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression on watermarked paper. Faint toning along the centerfold. Clean tear barely entering the map in the lower-left hand side repaired on verso with archival tape. Narrow side margins as issued.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/7/2011