Scarce Chart of Roatan
"The Island of Rattan", Heather/Norie
Subject: Roatan, Honduras
Period: 1827 (dated)
Color: Black & White
18.6 x 12.6 inches
47.2 x 32 cm
Finely engraved chart featuring the island of Rattan, known today as Roatan. There is good navigational detail along the coast, including soundings, rocks, shoals, and anchorages. In the 18th century New Port Royal was the location of a pirate settlement after an earthquake destroyed the original Port Royal in Jamaica. Engraved by Stephenson and published by J.W. Norie on January 1, 1827. This map was trimmed from a folio sheet that also contained maps of Bequia and Curacao.
A dark impression with light soiling and two extraneous vertical creases at left. There are archival repairs to a chip confined to blank margin at bottom right and to several short tears along the edge of the sheet, entering from 1/4" to 1" into image. Narrow margins at top and right.