AN IMPORTANT EARLY CHART FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
The Coast of the United States of North America, from New York to St. Augustine drawn and regulated according to the latest Surveys and Astronomical Observations... New York, 1827-1848
Black and white copper-engraving with spot color, 26 x 37”. One stain at the left-hand margin, a few other signs of aging, overall a good example.
Despite the title, this chart, on Mercator’s Projection, extends from the south shore of Long Island to Pamlico Sound. The Chesapeake Bay is shown on a large scale and is the centerpiece of the chart.
Blunt was America’s leading commercial chart publisher in the early nineteenth century. The firm’s dominance lasted until the United States Coast Survey began to issue regular reports with charts in the 1850s.
Originally published in 1827, Guthorn lists later editions of this chart dated 1837, 1838, 1851 and 1856, each with revisions and corrections. He does not list this
1848, which was the first to include information supplied by the Coast Survey, including improvements to the coastline of Delaware Bay, New Jersey and Long Island, and a wealth of new depth soundings offshore. The first Coast Survey chart of Chesapeake Bay would not be published until 1855.
Guthorn, p. 9 (reproduces the 1837 edition on p. 93).
Inventory No. 8192