Auction 154, Lot 332

"A New and Correct Chart of the Harbour of Havana on the Island of Cuba with a Plan of ye City &c. from an Actual Survey by Captain James Phelps", Mount & Page

Subject: Havana, Cuba

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 16.8 inches
54.4 x 42.7 cm

This rare map is one of the earliest maps of Havana published in England, and was likely created due to an increased British interest in Cuba and Havana after the War of Jenkin's Ear. It was based on the survey of Captain James Phelps and engraved by James Mynde. The detailed plan shows the harbor, fortified city and surrounding countryside. A key locates Morro Castle, the Custom House, the Governor's Palace, factories, and batteries. Two large compass roses orient the chart with north in the lower left corner of the map. This map has not appeared in major dealer's catalogs for the past 30 years.

References: Cueto #161; Shirley (BL Atlases) M.M&P-11a #20.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with attractive color and light surface soil in the map. The map appears to have been originally mounted on linen, which has now been removed. There are a couple of small, minor repairs in map image, with more significant repairs confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/16/2015