Auction 96, Lot 220

"Ruatan ou Rattan leve par Henry Barnsley Lieutenant Augmente", Le Rouge, George Louis

Subject: Central America

Period: 1779 (dated)


Color: Black & White

24 x 18.1 inches
61 x 46 cm

Finely engraved chart featuring the island of Ruatan, known today as Roatan. In the 18th century New Port Royal was the location of a pirate settlement after the earthquake destroyed the original Port Royal in Jamaica. Two large insets: "Vieille Providence et Sta. Catalina" and "Port du Nouveau Port Royal." These charts are extremely detailed and show the locations of settlements, forts, reefs, safe harbors, and fresh water. A large compass rose occupies the center of the chart, which was created by Lieutenant Henry Barnsley with improvements by Thomas Jeffreys and issued here by Le Rouge. Segmented and linen backed with a vellum tab labeled in manuscript brown ink.


Condition: A

A couple of very tiny spots, but overall very good condition with near perfect linen backing.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/12/2001