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Auction 146, Lot 450

"A Chart of the Baltic Sea, Gulfs of Finland and Bothnia, with the Sound, Drawn from the Best Maps & Charts", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Baltic

Period: 1748 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

10.3 x 9.4 inches
26.2 x 23.9 cm
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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.

A finely executed copper engraving depicting the entire coastline of the Baltic, adorned with a decorative rococo title cartouche. A note within Scandinavia describes the Treaty of Abo, which was signed in 1743.

References: Jolly #GENT-55.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with light soiling, minor offsetting, and one mis-fold at top left. There is a binding trim at bottom right and an associated binding tear that does not enter map image.

Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $65

Closed on 9/4/2013