Auction 139, Lot 699

"A Chart of the Pacific Ocean from the Equinoctial to the Latitude of 39 1/2 D. North", Anson, George

Subject: Pacific Ocean

Period: 1748 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

34.8 x 10.5 inches
88.4 x 26.7 cm

Unusual chart on two joined sheets detailing the route of Spanish galleons between the Philippines and Acapulco. The tracks of British Navy Commodore George Anson and Spanish Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga are shown. Engraved by R. W. Seale.

In 1740 Anson set sail in command of a squadron sent to attack Spanish possessions and interests in South America. The expedition was ill-equipped and failed to carry out its original ambitious mission. By June 1741 when Anson reached Juan Fernandes, his force had been reduced to only three of the original six ships, while the strength of his crews had fallen from 961 to 335. After recuperating on the island, he collected the remaining survivors on his flagship, the Centurion, and set sail in search of one of the richly laden galleons that conducted the trade between Mexico and the Philippines. The indomitable perseverance he had shown during one of the most arduous voyages the history of sea adventure gained the reward of the capture of an immensely rich prize, the Nuestra Señora de Cabadonga, which he encountered off Cape Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743.

References: Mercator's World Nov/Dec 1998 p. 47.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed, on watermarked paper. There is light, uneven toning and a small printer's ink smudge at bottom right. Narrow margins.

Estimate: $275 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/15/2012