"Part of the Provinces of Costa-Rica and Nicaragua with the Lagunas", Jefferys/Sayer
Subject: Central America
Period: 1775 (dated)
Publication: The West India Atlas
Color: Black & White
24.8 x 18.5 inches
63 x 47 cm
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.
This impressive large-scale map covers the area from San Miguel (El Salvador) south to Quepos in Costa Rica. Detail is primarily confined to the coastline with bays, lakes, river entrances and place names depicted. Several volcanoes are also identified. The map is adorned with a compass rose, long rhumb lines, and several sailing ships in Lake Nicaragua. Published four years after Jeffrey’s death by Robert Sayer in the West India Atlas.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) M.JEF-4a #20.
Nice impression on watermarked paper with light toning, an archivally repaired edge tear at bottom that just touches the neatline, and a centerfold separation in bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.