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Auction 161, Lot 429

"The West Indies. Exhibiting the English French Spanish Dutch & Danish Settlements with the Adjacent Parts of North & South America, from the Best Authorities", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1785 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.1 x 7.4 inches
28.2 x 18.8 cm
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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 uncommon map of the Caribbean shows the colonial holdings of Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark after the Treaty of Paris in 1763, by way of a lettered key at left. Southern Florida is shown with large, interconnected waterways, effectively turning the region into an archipelago. The boundary between Florida and Georgia is labeled Limits Stipulated in 1738.


Condition: A

A clean, bright example on watermarked paper with some minor edge chips in the far blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/8/2017