Period: 1768 (published)
Publication: General Topography of North America and the West Indies...
Color: Black & White
24.5 x 18.5 inches
62.2 x 47 cm
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 fine and detailed map of Antigua delineates parishes and divisions. The island is surrounded by navigational information including soundings, banks, reefs, rocks, and notes on various hazards. Forts, churches, windmills, cattle mills, public ponds, courthouses, and burial grounds are identified on the island with the help of the key at bottom left. Roads are presented in nice detail as well. This informative map appeared in Sayer and Jefferys' General Topography of North America and the West Indies....
References: Tooley (MCC-55) #33.
A fine impression on a watermarked and lightly toned sheet with minor offsetting and centerfold separations confined to the top and bottom blank margins.