The Coasts of France, Spain and Portugal (Blueback)
DESCRIPTION: Very attractive, imposing, and desirable 140+ year old blueback nautical chart of the Atlantic coast of Europe. Contains the blue stamp from the firm of "Imray 1869". Coverage includes the Strait of Gibraltar and western Mediterranean. This wide nautical chart of the West coat of Europe would have been useful to any navigator sailing eastward as it covers all the approaches to the Mediterranean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel and the Bristol and Irish Channels.
A six- foot working blueback nautical chart by Imray that has seen its time at sea and exudes history. You can almost smell the salt air! Several manuscript navigator's tracks plotted in pencil include notation: "8th day July 1877 from (illegible) to Falmouth 133 days out". 9 insets including rivers Tagus, Douro and Gironde. Lighthouses indicated in red.
On verso is original yellow publishers label from James Imray and Son with price of 10s 6d. Also on verso is a sellers label from "D. Eggert and Sons, manufacturers and importers of chronometers, fine watches, nautical instruments, charts, books, &c. 127 Pearl Street, New York between Wall Street and Old Slip."
TITLE: The Coasts of France, Spain and Portugal included between the British Isles and the Mediterranean. Compiled from the most recent English, French, and Spanish surveys.
BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel
Displays well. Paper supple. No holes. 3 insignificant archivally repaired 2" tears to map only in right border and left border. Scattered foxing and small stains. More noticeable stains near corners as shown in photo. Edge taping intact with 2 original cloth ties.
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