Auction 163, Lot 275

"Chart of Key West to Accompany Memoir", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: Key West, Florida

Period: 1843 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9.5 x 12.1 inches
24.1 x 30.7 cm

The Office of Coast Survey is the oldest U.S. scientific organization, dating from 1807 when Congress directed that a "survey of the coast" be carried out. By 1836, it was called the U.S. Coast Survey and in 1878, the name was changed to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Today the Office of Coast Survey is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA.

The survey teams, composed of civilians as well as Army and Naval officers, charted the nation's waterways and produced a wide array of reports, survey charts, hydrographic studies of tides and currents, astronomical studies and observations, and coastal pilots. These charts are an important record of the changing nature of the nation's coastlines. In additional to coastal charts, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey produced land sketches, Civil War battle maps, and the early aeronautical charts.

This detailed chart covers Key West and its surroundings. It features soundings, lighthouses, banks, coral reefs, and more. The map extends to show the Mangrove Islands and Florida Reef.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with some light staining.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $60

Closed on 6/14/2017