RARE LARGE SCALE ENGLISH CHART OF THE WEST INDIES

 

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AUTHOR:

SPEER, JOSEPH SMITH / BOWEN, THOMAS

TITLE:

To His Royal Highness George Augustus Frederick Prince of Wales &c. &c. &c. This Chart of the West Indies, Is humbly Inscribed by His Royal Highnesss Faithful & Obedient Servant Joseph Smith Speer

CONDITION:

28 1/4” x 46 1/4”. Two sheets joined. Original wash color. Some light browning in centerfold, otherwise a very good example.

DATE:

1774

DESCRIPTION:

This large-scale, separately issued chart of the West Indies is an exceptional example of English cartography for 18th century America. It provides a detailed picture of this highly contested region just prior to the American Revolution, and includes an “explanation and directions for colouring” to identify various European possessions and neutral territories. In his Atlas of the American Revolution, Nebenzahl writes, “it is surprising how little has been written about the role of the West Indies during the Revolutionary War. The rich island colonies were of great significance to the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and even the Danes.”

The chart reveals a wealth of information over a vast area that includes the American Southeast, present-day Texas, Mexico, Central America, and upper South America in addition to the entire Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean basin. The chart is highly detailed and contains a great deal of practical information. Much attention is paid to the routes and hazards of navigation including extensive soundings (particularly along the western coast of Florida), channels, trade winds, the course of the Gulf Stream, and the route of the Spanish Gold Fleet. Inland, the chart shows boundaries, Indian tribal territories, rivers, forts, and trails.

In the title, Captain Joseph Smith Speer dedicates his chart to the Prince of Wales. The map was engraved by Thomas Bowen and bears an engraved endorsement from John Pownall, Secretary of the Plantation Office, which reads, “I do hereby certify that the said general Chart agrees in all parts with the latest and most accurate Surveys now lodged in this Office.”

REFERENCES:

Sellers & Van Ee, #1699; see Nebenzahl, Atlas of the American Revolution, p. 152.

Inventory No. 6923

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