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875Coming Soon!DetailsValentijn, Francois1724
Antique Dutch View of Acapulco Harbor in Mexico
Valentijn, Francois
1724
$450.00Valentijn--FrancoisAntique-Dutch-View-of-Acapulco-Harbor-in-MexicoFascinating antique panoramic view of the harbor of <b>Acapulco, Mexico</b> ("Aquapulco") from the early eighteenth century. This copperplate-engraved view has a legend at bottom left corner keyed to six locations on the scene: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul> <li>Acapulco village</li> <li>Fort San Diego (with lattitude and longitude coordinates)</li> <li>Grote mont. (harbor entrance)</li> <li>Punta el Grifo</li> <li>Kleyne mont. (channel between the mainland and la Roqueta island)</li> <li>Haven van Marques (Puerto Marques Bay)</li> </ul> </div> This colorful old view of the Acapulco area is by <b>Francois Valentijn</b> (or Valentyn) from 'Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien' published from Amsterdam in 1724 by Joannes van Braam. Valentijn ( 1666–1727 ) was a Dutch minister and naturalist who worked in the East Indies for the V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie). It is likely that Valentijn's access to V.O.C. maps and documents provided much source material for the eight volumes with over one thousand engravings. However, the basis for this relief map of Acapulco is an earlier watercolor by Dutch artist Johannes Vingboons who derived his work from drawings made in New Spain by Juan Gómez de Trasmonte and Adrian Boot before 1628. <div class="indenttextblock"> (Connolly, Priscilla. "Vingboons, Trasmonte and Boot: European Cartography of Mexican Cities in the Early Seventeenth Century". 2014. <a href="http://www.researchgate.net/publication/249029290_Vingboons_Trasmonte_and_Boot_European_Cartography_of_Mexican_Cities_in_the_Early_Seventeenth_Century">Internet</a>)</div> <br></br> Two interesting graphical elements are the compass atop the title block at left which gives the orientation of the site and also in the far right bottom corner is a barely visible image of a woodsman with axe, removing a limb from the tall tree.
263Coming Soon!DetailsJefferys, Thomas1762
Plan of la Vera Cruz from Spanish Draughts.
Jefferys, Thomas
1762
$425.00Jefferys--ThomasPlan-of-la-Vera-Cruz-from-Spanish-Draughts-Antique copperplate engraved map / port plan of the fortified city of 'la Vera Cruz' and historically significant Fort San Juan de Ulúa in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Published in 1762 by the prolific British engraver and publisher Thomas Jefferys (ca.1710-1771) in "A Description of the Spanish Islands and Settlements on the Coast of the West Indies, compiled from Authentic Memoirs, Revised by Gentlemen who have Resided Many Years in the Spanish Settlements".<br></br> It was on the island of San Juan de Ulúa that Spanish captain Juan de Grijalva first arrived in 1518, along with conquistador and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo ("The True History of the Conquest of New Spain"). That island was also the scene of a battle in 1569 between the Spanish Navy and a fleet led by John Hawkins that included Francis Drake. The treachery that the English perceived on the part of Spain at that battle helped to fuel antagonism between the two powers for many decades. <br></br> In Vera Cruz several key points are identified including the powder magazine, a 'magazine of masts for the galleons', and numerous churches, chapels, and sites associated with religous orders of Jesuits, Dominicans, Augustines, and Franciscans.<br></br> Plate 14. Page 64. Contains an 11 item legend.
669Coming Soon!DetailsTirion, Isaac1769
Veracruz, Mexico
Tirion, Isaac
1769
$165.00Tirion--IsaacVeracruz--MexicoOriginal antique chart of Veracruz, Mexico. Prominently features the walled city of Vera Cruz with the fortress (Kafteel) of San Juan de Ulua across a narrow channel. Includes Green Island ( Groen Eiland ) , White Island, Offerhanden Island, Blanquilla Island, Rivier Medello, Cape Gorda, Cape Hornos, Cape Mocamba, and Cape d'Anton Lizardo. Hydrographic features include numerous soundings and sandbanks. <br></br> It was on the island of San Juan de Ulúa that Spanish captain Juan de Grijalva first arrived in 1518, along with conquistador and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo ("The True History of the Conquest of New Spain"). That island was also the scene of a battle in 1569 between the Spanish Navy and a fleet led by John Hawkins that included Francis Drake. The treachery that the English perceived on the part of Spain at that battle helped to fuel antagonism between the two powers for many decades. <br></br> Published in 1769 from Amsterdam by Isaac Tirion (1705 - 1765) in his "Hedendaagsche Historie of Tegenwoordige Staat van Amerika" or "Modern History".
895Coming Soon!DetailsJefferys, Thomas1775
Antique Chart of Southern Mexico from Veracruz to Ciudad del Carmen
Jefferys, Thomas
1775
$920.00Jefferys--ThomasAntique-Chart-of-Southern-Mexico-from-Veracruz-to-Ciudad-del-CarmenBeautiful antique British chart of southern Mexico and Guatemala centered on the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This first edition chart by Thomas Jefferies in 1775, includes coastal features of the <b>Bay of Campeche</b> to the north and the <b>Gulf of Tehuantepec</b> on the Pacific or southern coast. This chart contains significant interior details including volcanos (e.g. Vulcan de San Martin or "el Pan de Mizapa"), rivers, mountains, and numerous towns and villages. <br></br> First, more scarce edition with spelling error in the title: "NEUva Veracruz". In the second edition the title was corrected to "NUEva Vera Cruz". <br></br> On the northern Gulf Coast in Mexico's Veracruz and Tabasco states significant habitations include <b>Nueva Vera Cruz</b>, San Juan de Ulua, a fort, guardhouse, and dock near the Laguna de Alvarado ("Rio Alvarado"), smaller villages both near the mouth of the Rio Gijalva and Frontera, and in the vicinity of Ciudad del Carmen ("Y. Triste"). Fascinating note south of the Laguna de Terminos at far right corner reads "<b>Logwood Creeks</b> occupied formerly by the English". Logwood, a small tree used to produce dye for clothing, was one of the main exports from the region. Notably, in 1675, the explorer and sometime buccaneer William Dampier traveled to "Campeachy" and worked among the logwood-cutters. <br></br> On the Pacific Coast, in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas noted villages include: Puerto Angel ("Puerto de Angeles"), Puerto Escondido, Galera ("Punta de la Galera"), Tangolunda ("Tangolo or Tangolotanga"), "Puerta de la Ventosa", Salina Cruz, and Puerto San Jose, Guatemala ("Port of Guatimala"). <br></br> Publishers attribution reads: "London. Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map and Printseller. No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs 20th Feb.y 1775. Online sources indicate that the misspelling of Nueva as "Neuva" is a characteristic of Jeffery's first state of this chart.
1078Coming Soon!DetailsJefferys, Thomas1775
Antique Chart of the Yucatan Peninsula and Western Cuba
Jefferys, Thomas
1775
$1,150.00Jefferys--ThomasAntique-Chart-of-the-Yucatan-Peninsula-and-Western-CubaFine antique sea chart covering from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico to western Cuba, including Merida, Valladolid, Loggerhead Key, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, etc. By English cartographer Thomas Jefferys. This attractive chart is a continuation of Jefferys' magnificent map of Cuba, which does not include the western tip of the island. A fleet of galleons is shown on a plotted track labeled: "Gallions Track from Cartagena", while two ships head west along a plotted track labeled: "Track from Cape Catoche to Campeche." To round out the cast of characters a third ship, apparently a privateer, exits a shorter track between two rocky areas. That track is noted as the "Passage del Corsario" (A corsair was a privateer, or pirate acting with the explicit backing of a foreign government). <br></br> From Sayer's and Bennett's atlas titled: The West-India Atlas: or, a compendious description of the West-Indies: illustrated with forty one correct charts and maps, taken from actual surveys." <br></br> Publishers attribution reads: "London. Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map and Printseller. No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs 20th Feb.y 1775. According to Rumsey <div class="indenttextblock"> "Sayer and Bennet acquired his [Jefferys'] materials in preparation for this atlas, and published the atlas posthumously under his name (as they did with the American Atlas) in 1775. The heart of this atlas and the most detailed part is the sixteen sheet large chart and index sheet of the whole of the West Indies. ( <a href="http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~2795~310044:The-coast-of-Yucatan-from-Campeche-" target="_blank">Internet </a>) </div>
118Coming Soon!DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1809
Plano del Puerto del Alacran
Direccion Hidrografia
1809
$400.00Direccion-HidrografiaPlano-del-Puerto-del-AlacranSmall, extremely rare, antique copperplate island chart from the Direccion Hidrografia, Spain's equivalent of the Depot de la Marine in France. This chart is one of 66 charts from the second volume of the work published in 1809: "Portulano de la America Setentrional Construido en la Direccion Detrabajos Hidrograficos. Antique Spanish sea charts of their New World possessions from this time period are not often found.<BR> </BR> About 65 miles from the Yucatan coast of Mexico the Alacranes (Scorpion) reef was declared a Marine Protection Area in 1994. The chart includes numerous soundings along with the composition of the sands near the reef. Shows 4 small islands: Isla de Perez, La Lavendera, Isla Chica, and Isla de Pajaras. North oriented at the right of the chart.
1300Coming Soon!DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1818
Antique Spanish chart the port of Veracruz, Mexico.
Direccion Hidrografia
1818
$475.00Direccion-HidrografiaAntique-Spanish-chart-the-port-of-Veracruz--Mexico-A scarce Spanish nautical chart of the harbor, islands, and waters surrounding Veracruz, Mexico. An original antique navigation chart by the Direccion Hidrografia; the detailed chart is dotted with numerous depth soundings and notation of composition of the sea floor, e.g. arena (sand), piedra (rock), and lama (mud). <br></br> Place names and features on this old Spanish harbor chart include Castillo de San Juan de Ulua, Arrecife e Isla de Pajaros, Arrecife de la Blanquilla, Punta de la Gallega, Punta de Hornos, and Arrecife de Punta Gorda and Arrecife e Isla de Sacrificios. Isla de Sacrificios has a bloody past. Bernal Diaz del Castillo reports that when the Spanish first landed on the Isla de Sacrificios: <div class="indenttextblock"> "We found two stone buildings of good workmanship, each with a flight of steps leading up to a kind of altar, and on those altars were evil-looking idols, which were their gods. Here we found five Indians who had been sacrificed to them on that very night. Their chests had been struck open and their arms and thighs cut off, and the walls of these buildings were covered in blood. All this amazed us greatly, and we called this island the Isla de Sacrificios, as it is now named on the charts." </div> <BR/> From the second part of "Portolano de la America...", published in 1818 by Spain's Admiralty department, the Dirección de Hidrografía. In 1809 the Direccion first published this atlas of plans of bays, harbors, and ports from Spain’s New World possessions: "Portolano de la America Septentrional Construido en la Direccion de Trabajos Hidrograficos". (Updated in 1818). Plate 52.
1338Coming Soon!DetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1926
Chart of Lower Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, to Manzanilla Bay
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
1926
$425.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeChart-of-Lower-Baja-California--Cabo-San-Lucas--to-Manzanilla-BayAmazing, clean, authentic British nautical chart of lower Baja Peninsula and west coastal Mexico with Sinaloa, Jalisco and the Sea of Cortez. Heading southward this popular and highly attractive chart covers from San Ignaciao Bay to Manzanillo Bay. This large chart will make a very attractive, unusual, and affordable gift for anyone with an interest in fishing or boating in the vicinity of Baja California. Thousands of depth soundings and numerous well-known fishing spots are noted including: San Jaime Bank, Golden Gate Bank, Outer Gorda Bank, Finger Bank, and Morgan Bank. Two inset profile views at top of the Baja Californa coast as seen from offshore near Las Animas. <br></br> Later edition of a British Admiralty chart first engraved and published from London in 1879; this edition to 1916 and the last corrections made in 1926. Coverage includes the lower Baja California Peninsula and Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) from Las Animas to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Mazatlan, Cape Corrientes, and on to Manzanillo Bay. Contains detailed names of the numerous rivers, lights, capes, and bays surrounding the Baja Peninsula. Includes the Revillagigedo Archipelago. <br></br> Bold dark lithographed print retains the cartographic look and style of the late 19th century. More recent charts do not display the character of this beauty. Logo of the British Hydrographical Office at top of the title block. Originally published from London on April 9, 1879 but the edition of 1916 with corrections to 1926.. Number 2323.
1075Coming Soon!DetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1927
Chart of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula with Cozumel and Tulum
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
1927
$195.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeChart-of-the-eastern-Yucatan-Peninsula-with-Cozumel-and-TulumVery cool antique British chart of the east side of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula with the Yucatan Channel and the west end of Cuba. Produced decades before the building boom of the 1970s and beyond. Several areas offshore carry the printed note: "Good Fishing" . Key features include: Cozumel Island, Tulum, Isla Blancilla, Yalahau Fort, Cabo Catoche, Puerto de Mujeres, Bahia de la Ascension, Arrowsmith Bank, Bahia del Espititu Santo, Banco Chinchorro, Turneffe, Lighthouse Reef, and Swan Island. <br></br> Lighthouses and aids to navigation are highlighed in orange. Steel engraved nautical chart with the oval logo of the "Hydrographic Office" at bottom right. <br></br> Frequent updates noted at bottom left. Large corrections to 1915. Small corrections to 1925 with an additional hand written correction to 1927. Sold by J. D. Potter, Agent for the Sale of the Admiralty Charts. Chart number 1204. Price when issued was two shillings.
697Coming Soon!DetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1972
Acapulco Harbor
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
1972
$125.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeAcapulco-HarborNeat, attractive, authentic 20th century nautical chart of Acapulco, Mexico by the British Admiralty after an 1881 U.S. chart. This chart has character. Though published by the Admiralty in 1972, this chart retains much of the style and appearance of earlier copper-plate engraved charts but on modern paper in fine condition. Features shown on the map include Fort San Diego, Isla Roqueta or Isla Grifo, Puerto Marques, Punta Rodrigo, Punta Diamante (Diamond Point), Punta Bruja, Bahia St. Lucia, Punta Lorenz, Farallon de Obispo, the Fiscal Wharf and las Dos Piedras. The town of Acapulco is shown as it must have looked when the chart was first published… very small in extent. <br></br> This chart was originally published in August 1849 but updated and corrected numerous times, as documented at bottom left of the chart,- including 1882 (re-engraved) and 1945, and this copy dates to 1972. Numerous soundings and aids to navigation are noted. <br></br> With two profile view insets: 1) "Acapulco from the Westward, Isla Roqueta, 093° distant 9 or 10 miles" Boca Chica and Puerto Marques and 2) "Acapulco from the S.W., I Roqueta 042° distant 9 or 10 miles" with Punta Diamante. Modern compass rose with half fleur-de-lis indicating North. Verso is stamped "Printed [19]72 1944 Acapulco Harbor. Folio 25. Consecutive number 11." Chart no. 1944.