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Auction 157, Lot 400

"St. Lucia; Done from Surveys and Observations Made by the English Whilst in Their Possession", Jefferys/Sayer

Subject: St. Lucia

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: West-India Atlas

Color: Black & White

18.3 x 24.1 inches
46.5 x 61.2 cm

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.

This large-scale chart is the first edition of Jefferys' map of St. Lucia. The small island is filled with graphic topographical details. Plantations, a few early roads, anchorages for small and large ships, soundings, and an old fort (le Vieux Fort) are shown. A large inset of Carenage (Castries), which lies on the western shore of St. Lucia, in the top left corner.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #2070; Shirley (BL Atlases) M.JEF-4a #32; Tooley (MCC-81) St. Lucia #20.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression on a watermarked and slightly toned sheet with light offsetting. There are centerfold separations entering 1.5" into image at left and confined to blank margin at right.

Estimate: $750 - $950


Closed on 5/4/2016