Miami International Map Fair
February 3 - 4, 2018

A Massive "Lost" Chart of Richard Patten Rediscovered

Richard Patten seller's label as Mathematical Instrument Maker and Chart Seller.
Rarecharts plans to attend the 2018 Miami Map Fair with dozens of new items including: a rare 1857 chart of Port Jackson (Sydney, AU); and a 5' long chart of the Florida Keys and Cuba believed to be the single known sheet from a massive U.S. privately published blueback-era sea chart ca. 1823 that would have extended from Block Island to Jamaica.

Our chart, sold by Richard Patten, NY, is almost certainly the 5th sheet of that huge 5-sheet chart set that Guthorn mentions is in Patten's catalog. The LOC confirms the chart is in Tooley' Dictionary, but they have no holding.

Our very scarce chart on a visually-arresting oblique orientation and printed on heavy paper, is the 5th sheet of Patten's:
"A New Chart of the Southern Coast of the United States of America, from Block Island . . . to Cuba, 1820-23"

(Above: Patten's very fine nautical trade card on the verso.)

Richard Patten 5-sheet chart layout from

(Above: How our sheet of the chart may fit with the missing 4 sheets.)

About Rarecharts

Rarecharts is an on-line only source for original rare sea charts and maps, port plans, books, nautical prints, photographs and nautical ephemera. We are a member of IMCoS, the International Map Collector's Society and we are located near Lake Wylie in Tega Cay, South Carolina.

Rarecharts' mission is to offer our visitors a unique and uncommon selection of scarce nautical antiques that epitomize the romance of the sea and of those who traveled on her.  Information provided for each item in our catalog is designed to foster understanding about its place and significance as a historical artifact set in the larger context of more than 3000 years of maritime history.

Our own interests are strongly influenced by a educational background in archeology as well as experience owning and operating two coastal towing vessels in South Louisiana during the oilfield boom and later crash in the 1980s. I like to say that back then I was the only unindicted non-Cajun in the tugboat business along Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana.

My own small experience leaves me a strong appreciation for the challenges facing coastal navigators and of early navigational accomplishments before the era of dependable power, radar, GPS, and 24-hour deodorant.  

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