Auction 160, Lot 398

"A New Map of Jamaica in Which the Several Towns Forts & Settlements Are Accurately Laid Down...", Bowles, Carrington

Subject: Jamaica

Period: 1769 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 19.1 inches
55.9 x 48.5 cm

This handsome map of Jamaica is a reduced version of Patrick Browne's important large-scale map of the island, which was drawn from the surveys of Mr. Sheffield. It includes a vast amount of information including topographical details, parish boundaries, roads, towns, churches, forts, taverns, crawls (hog pens), settler's names, plantations (with notations on the dominant crops - sugar, ginger, coffee and indigo). Along the coastline there are a few soundings, safe anchorages and navigational hazards noted. A large inset provides a plan of Port Royal that shows the infamous pirate stronghold both before and after the earthquake that destroyed much of the town in 1692.

References: cf. Kapp (MCC-42) #69; cf. Sellers & Van Ee #1926.

Condition: B+

Original outline color with later color in the inset and compass rose, on paper with a Strasbourg Lily watermark. There is light soiling and a professionally repaired chip in top blank margin along the centerfold.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/16/2016