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Auction 138, Lot 387

"West Indies", Playfair, James

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1821 (dated)

Publication: A New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

22 x 18.1 inches
55.9 x 46 cm

Dr. Playfair (1738-1819), was a minister, historiographer to the Prince of Wales, and Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard in the University of St Andrews from 1799 until his death. The maps from Playfair's A New General Atlas are quite scarce. This well engraved double-page chart that shows the whole Caribbean Basin to include parts of Florida, Yucatan and northern South America. Fancy titling in scroll lettering. Engraved by H. Cooper and published by Macredie, Skelly & Co.


Condition: C

Original outline color with soiling and light offsetting. Several separations and tears along centerfold, and one in blank margin, have been closed on verso with masking tape, with resulting discoloration. There are a few damp stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $100 - $140


Closed on 12/7/2011