Auction 148, Lot 256

"A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine, and the English Camp Before It June 20, 1740", Silver, Thomas

Subject: St. Augustine, Florida

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.5 x 11.6 inches
16.5 x 29.5 cm

This is a depiction of British General John Oglethorpe's first unsuccessful expedition against the Spanish at St. Augustine. The bird's-eye view depicts the Matanza River, the castle, the North and South Channel and warships in the foreground. A lengthy key and explanatory notes fill the bottom third of map. General Oglethorpe was the founder of the American colony of Georgia, which was situated as a buffer colony between Spanish Florida and South Carolina. Published in both Gentleman's Magazine in 1740 and An Impartial Account of the Late Expedition against St. Augustine… in 1742. Size includes the key and text.

References: Jolly #GENT-12.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper, now pressed flat, with some faint soiling and a binding trim at bottom right that has been professionally replaced, resulting in the loss of a small portion of the neatline. The top margin at right has been trimmed close to the neatline as well.

Estimate: $190 - $220


Closed on 2/19/2014