"Chart of the Supposed Course of the Florida Stream", Gold, Joyce
Subject: North Atlantic
Period: 1804 (dated)
Publication: The Naval Chronicle for 1804...
Color: Black & White
15.4 x 6.2 inches
39.1 x 15.7 cm
This simple chart depicts the Gulf Stream from the Strait of Florida to C. Blanco along the coast of Africa. Directional arrows are shown within the Gulf Stream. The track of a ship is shown beginning in New Providence Island and extending north along the coast of the United States. This map was published in The Naval Chronicle opposite a letter to the editor dated Jan. 23, 1804 and signed by "A.Z." The author of this letter gives an account of his "passage from New Providence to Nova Scotia, in the Summer of 1798" with details of the differences in air temperature and wind direction observed during his trip. He also explains that the accompanying chart was based on Governor Pownall's chart of the Gulf Stream. (A modern typed version of this letter will accompany this lot.)
The Naval Chronicle was published in London in six installments per year, bound in two volumes per year between 1799 and 1818, comprising 40 volumes. More than 1,000 pages of British naval news and views were published every year in the Chronicle, including action reports, intelligence of foreigh naval matters, and biographies of officers. it is a key source of British maritime and military history. The first publishers were Bunney and Gold. Later, Joyce Gold was the sold publisher. The book imprint above indicates that the eleventh volume, from which this chart was taken, was published solely by Gold.
References: Jolly #NAV-8.
Issued folding on paper with "R&E 1799" watermark and light toning.