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Auction 152, Lot 309

Map by Kit Kapp - All Proceeds Donated to IMCOS in Kapp's Honor

"Mandinga Keys Islas Robeson San Blas Gulf Panama North Coast", Kapp, Kit S.

Subject: Northern Panama

Period: 1970 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.4 x 19.6 inches
64.5 x 49.8 cm
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This lovely navigational chart depicts the little-known Mandinga Keys, also known as Islas Robeson, in the San Blas Gulf on the northern coast of Panama. The numerous tiny islands are shown along with soundings, rocks, shoals, and safe anchorages. A table at left, topped with charming drawings of natives, lists the dwindling Cuna population within various tribes in 1950. Kapp based this map on a US Navy survey as well as several of his own expeditions in the area in the 1960s.

Captain Kit S. Kapp was a ship captain who explored the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. Kapp collected many things during his lifetime, and his favorite collection was of antique maps. He eventually turned his map collection into a business, buying and selling maps all over the world. Kapp's love of maps also led him to become a cartographer and he published 8 sailing charts of the waters around Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and the British Virgin Islands. To read the full story of Captain Kapp's life, please read the article from our January newsletter.

All proceeds from the sale of this map will be donated to the International Map Collector's Society (IMCOS) in honor of Captain Kit S. Kapp.


Condition: A+

Clean and bright with a few minor creases along edges of sheet. Original hand coloring by Kit Kapp himself.

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/18/2015