Auction 149, Lot 235

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

Subject: St. Augustine, Colonial Florida

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Hand Color

6.5 x 11.8 inches
16.5 x 30 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. Size includes the key and text.

References: Jolly #GENT-12.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with narrow margins on all sides. There is a binding tear that enters 0.5" into the image closed on verso with archival tape. A small worm track near the center of the image has been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/21/2014