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Auction 154, Lot 303

"The Coast of New Spain from Neuva Vera Cruz to Triste Island", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Southern Mexico

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: The West Indian Atlas

Color: Hand Color

25.1 x 18.6 inches
63.8 x 47.2 cm
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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.

An excellent view of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec showing cities, villages, missions, volcanoes, roads and good topography. The map extends to show part of Guatemala. This is one sheet of the 16-sheet map of the West Indies that formed the heart of this important Revolutionary-period atlas. Sheet number BE.9 printed at upper right. This is the rare first edition with "Nueva" misspelled in the title; it was corrected in later editions.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) M.JEF-4a #15.

Condition: B+

Sturdy, watermarked paper with attractive color and light offsetting. There are faint damp stains confined to the bottom blank margin, resulting in some tiny tears along the edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/16/2015