Auction 149, Lot 332

"Plan of the Town, and Harbour of Puerto Vello", Speer, Joseph Smith (Capt)

Subject: Portobelo, Panama

Period: 1771 (published)

Publication: The West-India Pilot

Color: Hand Color

12.9 x 9.2 inches
32.8 x 23.4 cm

This uncommon map depicts the important port city of Portobelo, known as a center for silver exporting. Several surrounding forts protect the city and its natural harbor. Soundings and anchorages are noted in the water. A "Road to Panama" is shown extending south. Engraved by John Gibson.

We were not able to find any market comps for this map over the last 30 years.

References: Kapp (MCC-73) #83; Shirley (BL Atlases) M.SPR-1b #26.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with very generous margins, faint offsetting, and professional repairs to a few tiny holes along bottom neatline.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/21/2014