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1449Coming Soon!DetailsLempriere, Clement1775
Bermuda or Summer's Island West-India Atlas Lempriere Jefferys Sayer
Lempriere, Clement
$4,500.00Lempriere--Clement-Bermuda-or-Summer-s-Island-West-India-Atlas-Lempriere-Jefferys-Sayer<div class="indenttextblock"> "This coast is the boldest in Bermuda and in some places the Largest Ships ships may with safety come within half gun shot of shore." </BR></BR> "Here in the months of March, April, and May they Fish for Whales." </div> </BR> Above are a few of the notes from this fine antique chart of Bermuda. An extremely desirable British chart titled: "The Bermudas or Summer's Islands." After a survey by Clement Lempriere. This is from the scarce <b>first issue of The West-India Atlas, 1775 by Sayer</b>, the other issues being 1781, 1787, 1794, 1796, 1807, and 1818 published by Sayer and later Laurie and Whittle.<a href="" target="_blank">(Online).</a> <br></br> On age-appropriate laid watermarked paper with a fleur-de-lis surmounted by a crown <br></br> During Bermuda's colonial period ca. 1615 the island was divided into eight equally-sized administrative areas west of St. George's called <b>"tribes" (parishes)</b>. These "tribes" were areas of land partitioned off to the principal investors of the Somers Isles Company. <br></br> From: "The West-India Atlas: or, A Compendious Description of the West-Indies: illustrated with Forty Correct Charts and Maps, taken from Actual Surveys. …" Authors: Clement Lempriere (original survey), Thomas Jefferys. Publishers: Robert Sayer. Jefferys died in 1771; Sayer acquired Jefferys' materials in preparation for this atlas, and published the atlas posthumously under his name.
1461Coming Soon!DetailsHurd, Thomas Hannaford1827
Hurd's Very Rare Chart of Bermuda
Hurd, Thomas Hannaford
$18,500.00Hurd--Thomas-HannafordHurd-s-Very-Rare-Chart-of-BermudaThomas Hurd's (1747-1823) rare reduced chart of Bermuda, the first exact survey of the island’s waters. This original antique chart was first issued 30 years after its completion in 1797. One reason the chart may have escaped publication for such a long period was that the Admiralty feared losing valuable hydrographic to the United States. <br></br> After the Revolutionary War, British Canada was cut off from Britain's Caribbean colonies through the loss of access to American ports that once belonged to the British Crown. Bermuda's central position in the Atlantic became of strategic importance. In 1789 the Crown sent Lieutenant Thomas Hurd to Bermuda to conduct an extensive hydrographic survey. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblock">"Hurd's charts revealed several deep channels and anchorages 'large enough for all the navies of the world to ride in," and in 1795 the seventy-four-gun Resolution became the first ship-of-the-line to shelter at Bermuda." <br></br> "The task took him nine years to complete and the results of his monumental study altered Bermuda for ever. Hurd’s survey underscored the maritime and strategic capability of Bermuda and by the early 19th century the island was well on the way to becoming the Gibraltar of the Atlantic, remaining Britain’s largest overseas naval base until after WWII. " <a href="" target="_blank">(Online.)</a> </div> <br></br> Only two institutions are recorded as holding Hurd's chart: the Royal Museums Greenwich, and Princeton, University. No record of a sale of Hurd's map in AMPR and as of 1/20/18 this is the only copy of Hurd's chart offered for sale online. <br></br> With the oval fouled-anchor logo of the Hydrographical Office of the Admiralty. Attribution reads: "London : Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographical Office of the Admiralty, 4th. Augt. 1827." Price two shillings.