Auction 161, Lot 294

"[2 Maps] A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine... [and] An Exact Draught of the Castle of San Lorenzo ye Village & River of Chagre... [in] The Gentleman's Magazine November 1740", Gentleman's Magazine

Subject: St. Augustine, Florida & Chagres, Panama

Period: 1740 (published)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
5.1 x 8.1 inches
13 x 20.6 cm

A. A View of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine, and the English Camp Before June 20 1740, by Thomas Silver (6.6 x 11.8"). This is a depiction of British General John Oglethorpe's first unsuccessful expedition against the Spanish at St. Augustine. The bird's-eye view depicts the Matanza River, the castle, the North and South Channel, and warships in the foreground. A lengthy key and explanatory notes fill the bottom third of the map. General Oglethorpe was the founder of the American colony of Georgia, which was situated as a buffer colony between Spanish Florida and South Carolina. Size includes the key and text.

B. An Exact Draught of the Castle of San Lorenzo ye Village & River of Chagre... (6.6 x 5.4"). A small map that shows Chagres and Fort San Lorenzo. Depicts Admiral Vernon's force of 11 ships near the mouth of the river, along with a legend naming 16 locations. An inset describes how Vernon defeated the Spanish forces and burnt down the fort.

The two maps are still bound in the November 1740 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine, although Jolly calls for these maps to be in the July 1740 issue, so the text is unrelated.

References: Jolly #GENT-11 & 12.

Condition: B+

Overall light toning. The larger map has a tiny binding tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/8/2017

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