Auction 148, Lot 443

"A Plan of the Town and Harbour of Louisbourg [on sheet with] A Plan of the City and Harbour of Havana [and] A Plan of the Town and Harbour of Cartagena [and] A Plan of the Harbour, Town and Forts of Portobello", Gibson, John

Subject: Atlantic Ocean - Louisbourg, Havana, Cartagena, Portobello

Period: 1765 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.2 x 7.6 inches
28.4 x 19.3 cm

This sheet includes four detailed charts of harbor towns on the Atlantic that played a role in the War of Jenkins' Ear and the wider War of Austrian Succession: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia; Havana, Cuba; Cartagena, Colombia; and Portobelo, Panama. The Louisbourg chart shows several fortifications with notes on the various batteries and the fishing industry of the region. A key on the Havana map identifies twenty places of interest, most of them religious in nature. Prominently featured on the chart of Cartagena is the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the most elaborate of all the fortresses built by the Spanish in their colonies. There are two castles on the chart of Portobelo. All four charts include a distance scale and a compass rose capped with a fleur-de-lis, and soundings appear on all but the Louisbourg chart.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a binding trim at right, minor soiling, and a chip out of the top left corner that has been reattached with archival materials.

Estimate: $150 - $180


Closed on 2/19/2014