Auction 172, Lot 213

Map of Florida Peninsula Intended for Use by French Navy During American Revolution

"Carte Reduite des Cotes et de l'Interieur de la Presqu'ile de la Floride, avec le Detroit de Cette Presqu'ile et le Canal de Bahama...", Sartine

Subject: Florida

Period: 1780 (dated)


Color: Black & White

15.7 x 22.9 inches
39.9 x 58.2 cm

This is a superb map of the Florida Peninsula, spanning from just north of St. Mary's River south to the northern coast of Cuba. There is plenty of navigational information in the water and along the coast, with depth soundings and excellent detail of the bays, inlets, rocks, shoals, islands, and keys. Inland, forts, towns, and Indian villages are identified, mostly in the northern areas. Swampland is noted. The map also includes the Bahama Channel and some of the islands in the Bahamas, the Straits of Florida, and part of Cuba. Antoine Sartine was the French Minister of Marine. This chart was intended for use by the French Navy during the American Revolutionary War. The seal of the Depot de Marine is at bottom center with Prix Trois Livres below the neatline at right.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #1621.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light scattered foxing, minor soiling, and a faint damp stain at right. Some edge tears in the right blank margin have been archivally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 4/17/2019