A Correct Chart of the West Coast of Africa engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer
DESCRIPTION: Small sea chart dated October 1796 showing the Straits of Gibraltar and the west coast of Africa from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Guinea. From the rare first American edition of Malham's Naval Gazetteer, published by Spotswood and Nancrede in Boston in 1797. Vol 1.
This chart comes from an early nautical gazetteer or geographical dictionary produced first in England and after 1796 in the United States. Key noted features include Majorca, Minorca, Corsica, Sardinia, Barcelona, Spain; Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, and Cape Bojador . Four broad geographical areas or "coasts" are identified: Grain Coast, Gold Coast, Slave Coast, and the Ivory Coast ("Tooth Coast").
Rev. John Malham was a prolific Yorkshire-born author who produced other diverse works that include "Navigation Made Easy and Familiar", "Twenty-Two Sermons on Doctrinal and Practical Subjects" and "The Scarcity of Wheat considered". Malham died near London in 1807. (Gentleman's Magazine, Vol 102, 1807, p. 568).
Colophon at end of Volume 1 states that the work is "From the prefs of Samuel Etheridge, No. 9 Newbury Street, Boston, 1797").
TITLE: A Correct Chart of the West Coast of Africa engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer
BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean
On heavy chain-laid paper. Slightly and uniformly browned with light offsetting. Minor smudges and a few spots. Two vertical folds, as issued. Short right margin.
ENGRAVER: B. Callender
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