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Auction 153, Lot 390

"Bowles's New Pocket Map of Jamaica, Divided into It's Parishes, &c. from the Actual Surveys of Sheffield and Others", Bowles, Carrington

Subject: Jamaica

Period: 1775 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 19.1 inches
55.9 x 48.5 cm

This uncommon map of Jamaica is a reduced version of Patrick Browne's important large-scale map of the island, which was drawn from the surveys of Mr. Sheffield. It includes a vast amount of information including topographical details, parish boundaries, roads, towns, churches, forts, taverns, crawls (hog pens), settler's names, and plantations. The island is divided into eighteen parishes, although Trelawny Parish, which was created in 1770, is not shown. Along the coastline there are a few soundings, safe anchorages, and navigational hazards noted. A large inset provides a plan of Port Royal that shows the infamous pirate stronghold both before and after the earthquake that destroyed much of the town in 1692. Not listed in Sellers and Van Ee, although it appears to be based on the Carrington maps listed as #1926 and #1927.

References: Phillips/Le Gear (A) #5988-34.

Condition: B

Original outline color with scattered foxing. There are two stains in upper margin, not affecting map. Backed with linen.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 5/20/2015