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Auction 174, Lot 334

"Plan of the City and Suburbs of Carthagena", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Cartagena, Colombia

Period: 1762 (circa)

Publication: A Description of the Spanish Islands and Settlements on the Coast of the West Indies...

Color: Hand Color

10.3 x 7.5 inches
26.2 x 19.1 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 rare bird's-eye plan of Cartagena depicts the fortified city with twenty-six locations identified in the numbered key. Fort St. Philip (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) and the hospital are shown just outside the city walls. A compass rose orients north to the top right.

References: Kapp (MCC-77) #92b; Shirley (BL Atlases) M.JEF-3a #5.

Condition: A

A crisp impression, issued folding, with very light toning and a professionally repaired chip in the left blank margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/11/2019