Manuscript Artifacts


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1050Manuscript port plan of the Bahia de Cienfuegos, Cuba.DetailsReal Escuela de Navegacion1735
Early Manuscript plan of Cienfuegos Bay (Puerto de Jagua)
Real Escuela de Navegacion
1735
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$5,000.00Real-Escuela-de-NavegacionEarly-Manuscript-plan-of-Cienfuegos-Bay-(Puerto-de-Jagua)Pen and ink manuscript port plan of the Bahia de Cienfuegos, Cuba dating to the first half of the 18th century: "Puerto de Jagua". This is the earliest available manuscript plan of that important bay on the south coast of Cuba and is a near perfect copy of a map held in the Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/item/91680835/). The existence of multiple manuscript copies of the same chart is explained by the fact that the chart was produced by the Real Escuela de Navegación in Cadiz, whose role was to ensure the accuracy and consistency of maps produced for naval and commercial shipping and to house the growing record of maps and charts related to Spain's vast empire. Copyists at the school would have reproduced numerous identical copies by hand for distribution to military and commerical maritime users. During this time period few maps of Spain's New World possessions were reproduced by printing press, presumeably in order to limit their distribution. Spain's jealous secrecy over their colonial possessions is well documented. <br></br> The title and key are located within a frame at lower left; the chart shows coastline, coastal features, soundings, navigational hazards, an anchorage, a few buildings, roads, and streams. <br></br> Dating the map depends chiefly on its depiction of the location marked "B"- "lomas estrecho de la entrada" (Translated: Hilly narrow entrance). This site would later become the site of a fort or Castillo (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua) founded in 1745. On this chart, the fact that no mention is made of any structure suggests the map dates to before 1733 when construction on the fort began. On a later manuscript version for example that spot is defined as "es donde esta el Castillo, que es donde estaba la Bateria de ?[Fagina] (Translated: Where the castle is, which is where the Battery of ?? was.") <br></br> Note: "jagua" may be translated from Spanish as "Fruit of the custard-apple."
3577I8th century hydrographic map of the Fayoum or ArsinoeDetailsAnonymous1750
MS 18th century hydrographic map of the Fayoum Region - Egypt - Arsinoe - Lake Moeris
Anonymous
1750
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$17,000.00AnonymousMS-18th-century-hydrographic-map-of-the-Fayoum-Region---Egypt---Arsinoe---Lake-MoerisRare detailed, unsigned French manuscript hydrographic map of the Fayoum region of Egypt “the Land of the Lake” with Lake Moeris (Qarun). With an elevation view and floor plan of a building considered to be the "Labyrinthe" mentioned by Herodotus. Ca. 1720 - 1750. Possibly the earliest map to focus on the Fayoum reqion. <br></br> This 18th century MS map locates archaeological sites and features the extensive network of rivers, streams, and canals that emptied into Lake Moeris from the Nile River via the Bahr Yusuf canal. Shows seven smaller canals from the Bahr Yusuf emptying into "Lake Moeris ou de Caron Nomne a presant Lac de la Corne". The hydrography and naming (ex. "Lac de la Corne", "Chateau de Caron") are similar to <a href="https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b531002007/f1.item.zoom" target="_blank">Claude Sicard's map of Egypt</a> copied in MS by Guillaume Delisle in 1726. <br></br> The Fayoum (also Fayum, Faioum) region was once the center of the cult of Sobek, an Egyptian deity associated with the crocodile. Medinet el-Faiyum or Shedet was the ancient regional capital. The town was called "Crocodilopolis" by the Greeks (renamed Arsinoë by the Romans). Camels and crocodile are shown near the southwest shore of the lake with several pyramids, grottos, ruins, and Coptic Christian sites. <br></br> The map wrongly identifies the Ptolomaic temple at Qasr Qaroun as the Labyrinth described by Herodotus. <br></br> French explorers who first visted the Fayoum region include Paul Lucas (1714-17), Jomard (1800), P.D. Martin (1801), and Linant de Bellefonds (1821). By 1800 Edme-Francois Jomard in "Emplacement de l'ancien lac Moaris et du Labyrinthe dans le Fayoum d'après tous les Auteurs" had correctly determined that the site of the Labyrinth lay not at Qasr Qaroun, but rather at a mud-brick temple near Hawara. Our estimated date of this map to the 18th century rests on this timeline and on dates of other maps from the same purchase.
4788Direccion: Barcelona. 1813.DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1813
Rare Antique Plan of the Port and Anchorage at Barcelona, Spain
Direccion Hidrografia
1813
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$350.00Direccion-HidrografiaRare-Antique-Plan-of-the-Port-and-Anchorage-at-Barcelona--SpainVery interesting antique Spanish chart / port plan of Barcelona, Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. One of 16 charts and plans published by Spain's Direccion Hidrografia in the rare Spanish hydrographic atlas: "Portulano de las Costas de la Península de España, Islas adyacentes, y parte de la Costa de Africa. Construido y publicado en la Direccion Hidrografica, Cadiz ano 1813." <br></br> With (now faded) MS dedication and attached anchoring instructions, both in English. The dedication read "Presented by W??????? To his fd (friend?) Mr. Fleming Cadiz July 12, 1816." That date is 3 years after the atlas was first issued from Cadiz. <br></br> Scarce, no copy in AMPR <br></br> Included manuscript sailing directions reads <div class="indenttextblock"> "In the outside Harbour of Barcelona to protect yourself of the E. and S.E. winds, anchor as follows= The light with the Tower of Merced and the coast of Garaf open on the south of Montjuif, anchoring in 18 - 25 f[athoms]mostly sand, from which … an east wind you can pass the Llobregat." </div> <BR/> A circled spot on the map with light penciled isobaths (contour lines) at 10 and 20 fathoms seem to support the anchoring recommendation in the sailing directions. <br></br> Depth soundings are in "pies castellanos" ( 1 Castillian foot = .2786 m or .914 feet).
972Antique manuscript map of Bagueau and Port-Cros, in the îles d'Hyères.DetailsPinot, Charles1816
Antique manuscript map of Bagueau and Port-Cros in France's îles d'Hyères
Pinot, Charles
1816
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$900.00Pinot--CharlesAntique-manuscript-map-of-Bagueau-and-Port-Cros-in-France-s-îles-d-HyèresOne of a kind, 200 year-old manuscript topographic map of the French Mediterranean island Île de Bagueau and the north coast of Port-Cros island. Signed and dated within by Ch[arles] Pinot, Director of Fortifications in 1816. <br></br> Topograhic detail shown through faint contour lines in pencil with benchmarks and elevation stated in several locations. Three cannon batteries noted in red on Bagueau. On Port-Cros, Pinot noted these features: Presqu'ile de Malalenge, Plage de Jeannet, Batterie Sud, and Chateau Ruine. <br></br> Both Île de Bagueau and Port-Cros belong to the îles d'Hyères, a group of four Mediterranean islands off the village of Hyères in the Var department of south-east France. Île de Bagueau at 45 hectares is the smallest of the four islands in the group. Port-Cros, at 650 hectares, is a French national Park. <br></br> Signed in French in faint ink: Toulon, 5th October, 1816 The Colonel and Director of Fortifcations Charles Pinot. A note in ink below the title begins: "La partie de terrain marquee…". <br></br> With a faint red oval overstamp of the "DEPOT de la Direction des Fortifications DE TOULON"
2567Unidentifed MS Plan of San Sebastien, Spain.DetailsAnonymous1823
Manuscript Plan of San Sebastien, Spain. Basque region
Anonymous
1823
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$850.00AnonymousManuscript-Plan-of-San-Sebastien--Spain--Basque-regionManuscript plan of San Sebastien, Spain a resort town on the Bay of Biscay. <br></br> Anonymous manuscript pen and ink plan of shows a well-fortified cape jutting into a body of water. Military orientation and focus. Much small fine detail. Many important places are numbered but no legend is present. French text. <br></br> A structure overlooks a fortified town, several batteries, and a small protected harbor. In text is the obscured author's name beginning with letter "P", date "1823", the scale "1/5000". The three identified location descriptions read "Redoute du Rondeau" and "Batterie St. Elme" and "Aqueduc".
335Meyer: Gibraltar manuscript map. 1828.DetailsMeyer, C.1828
Gibraltar (Manuscript plan)
Meyer, C.
1828
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$610.00Meyer--C-Gibraltar--(Manuscript-plan)Unique manuscript military/engineering architectural plan of the Landport (northern) defences of the fortress at Gibraltar from the Innundation, past the Devil's Tongue battery, and the old mole. Two cross sections, one through the north wall (with measurements) and one through the west wall. A high degree of detail shown about the bastions and cannon emplacements. <br></br> Several dozen measurements in miniscule red script. Contains a small sketch of what appears to be a cave entrance. With watermark "Whatman 1828". Signed "Egina der 7 September 1828 C. Meyer".
749East-India Company manuscript theatre playbill. 1846.DetailsAnonymous1846
Antique Manuscript Playbill from the East India Company Ship Herefordshire
Anonymous
1846
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$2,100.00AnonymousAntique-Manuscript-Playbill-from-the-East-India-Company-Ship-HerefordshireVery unusual and scarce manuscript theatrical playbill from a known British East India Company trading ship dated within at January 23, 1846. <br></br> On long voyages in order to entertain passengers, ships would sometimes offer music, dancing, and plays to make the tedious journey more enjoyable. This rare survivor documents such a theatrical offering aboard the East Indiaman "Herefordshire" as it returned from a voyage that began in London in 1845 and terminated in Bombay, India on Feb. 28, 1846 [1]. <br></br> The Herefordshire was an old 40-gun, 1600 ton teak-built ship of the East India Company, launched in Bombay in 1812 by John Money. Her Captain was George Richardson. <br></br> This rare playbill reads: "THEATRE ROYAL of the HEREFORDSHIRE Under the Distinguished Patronage of the LADIES & CAPTAIN RICHARDSON Jan 23rd 1846. This Evening her Majesty's Servants will perform a New Drama entitled the PENRYN TRAGEDY, with New Scenery, Dresses, &c. </br> ...</br> ...</br> Act 1st Scene 1st</br> The Sailors of HER MAJESTY's SHIP Brittannia making merry in the Green Dragon.</br> ...</br> ...</br> The Whole to Conclude with the Popular Farce BILLY BUTTON the TAILOR ...</br> ..</br> Doors open at 6 o'clock. Performance to commence at 7. For tickets of Admission apply to Mr. Maynard, Stage Manager No. 9 Starboard Terrace, Capstan Square, Gun deck road. … <br></br> This rare, unusual and interesting piece of nautical ephemera should interest collectors of both the theater and nautical history. It is a document from the end of the East India Company's control of India. The East India Company dissolved in 1858 with Britain exerting direct control after the India Rebellion of 1857. Watermarked "Ward and Son. 1842." <br></br> Price to be determined. <br></br> [1] "Allen's Indian Mail and Register of Intelligence for British and Foreign India." 1845 and 1846. </br> [2] Berncastle, Julius. "A Voyage to China". William Shoberl. London, 1850.
11081856 Maltese Tugboat rate sheet with manuscript invoice.DetailsSteam Tug Agency1856
Rate Sheet and Invoice for Maltese Steam Tug Dragon
Steam Tug Agency
1856
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$260.00Steam-Tug-AgencyRate-Sheet-and-Invoice-for-Maltese-Steam-Tug-DragonFascinating piece of mid-nineteenth century Maltese maritime history. Tugboat rate sheet with manuscript invoice for towing services performed by the steam tug "Dragon". The Dragon was a 40 horsepower paddle-wheel steam tug operating out of the port of Valetta, Malta, then a part of the British Empire. <div class="indenttextblock"> …. "the arrival of steam propulsion opened a new chapter in the history of Maltese maritime trade. The port of Valletta became an important bunkering station and this position was further strengthened with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.<br> …<br> The ‘Dragon’ was one of the earliest steam tugboats operating in the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett. She arrived at Malta from Newcastle early in December 1855 and on arrival she was immediately placed in service under the command of Captain William Donkin. A circular distributed to the commercial community by the owners of the ‘Dragon’ makes interesting reading. ( First International Merchant Bank 2002 Annual Report. <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwjY7uSp9s_NAhXC5CYKHW1kCl4QFgguMAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fimbank.com%2Ffile.aspx%3Ff%3D654&usg=AFQjCNFNxUU_FaX6kLpA-GcOiolsVGSm6g&sig2=K9DkC_MLyepdArQHbbV5WQ&cad=rja " target="_blank">Internet</a> </div> <br> <em>"NOTICE TO SHIPMASTERS <br></br> The steam Tug "Dragon" tows vessels in and out and about the ports of Valetta at the following rates: …<br> …<br> … The signal to be used by vessels coming from seaward or in port requiring the tug's services will be to hoist the national ensign at the fore topgallant or royal mast head. Special services subject to agreement with John C. Swift, ship-chandler Malta or Capt. William Donkin on board."</em>
759Manuscript page with flags and a chart of British ChannelDetailsAnonymous1890
Manuscript page with flags and a chart of British Channel
Anonymous
1890
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$450.00AnonymousManuscript-page-with-flags-and-a-chart-of-British-ChannelA small manuscript chart of the English Channel. Decorated at top with the crossed flags of England and France this hand-drawn and hand-colored chart of the British Channel could have been created in the latter half of the 19th century to early 20th century by a British naval student or maritime officer candidate or quite possibly a member of the Sea Cadets Corps or its predecessor, the Naval Lads' Brigade. A legend in English describes features that would be found on a nautical chart of the period such as buoys, rocks, and bearings, but oddly the manuscript map does not contain any of those components with one exception, the Eddystone lighthouse southwest of Plymouth sound. <br></br> The most interesting aspect of the chart is the dotted line suggesting the route of a voyage between ports in England and France including Plymouth, Dartmouth, Torquay, Weymouth, Southampton, Sheerness, Cherbourg, and Guernsey <br></br> At bottom are drawn three signal flags including the Blue Peter, which was often used when preparing to leave port, or as the caption suggests, when requesting a pilot. Of the other two flags, the center flag is confirmed as a French registration flag that indicates that the vessel was registered to the Cherbourg arondissement sector between Dunkirk and Honfleur. According to Sache: <div class="indenttextblock"> "French merchant ships had to hoist at foremast a specific flag indicating in which arrondissement they were registered. The French coasts were divided in five metropolitan maritime arrondissements, each of them being divided in two sectors, and in two colonial sectors. The arrondissement flags were established by Royal Regulation of 3 December 1817, signed by Louis XVIII. They were confirmed in the 1852 Imperial Regulations on naval flags signed by Napoléon III and by Decree on 20 March 1868. " </div> Source: Sache, Ivan. France: Registration flags for merchant ships (1817-1929). Link: flagspot.net/flags/fr~arro.html#che
1443Raggio: Beautiful manuscript map of Guadeloupe in Caribbean.DetailsRaggio, Antonio1939
Manuscript map of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe
Raggio, Antonio
1939
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$300.00Raggio--AntonioManuscript-map-of-the-Caribbean-island-of-GuadeloupeBeautiful manuscript map of Guadeloupe (Isla Guadalupe), part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Includes the Isles des Saintes and Maria Galante Island. Fine detail with rivers, mountains, and cities identified. Includes a separate matching fact sheet on the island in Spanish. Both on light card stock. <br></br> By Antonio F. Raggio as one in a series of ink and watercolor maps on cards prepared for the Exposicion Filatelica Internacional 11th Congreso de la Union Postal Universal (World Postal Congress), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1939. It is likely that the manuscript cards were proof drawings or models for the engraving of stamps.
3629Anonymous: Manuscript chart of Cape Cod Bay.DetailsNickerson, K.F.1955
Manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay, Provincetown
Nickerson, K.F.
1955
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$250.00Nickerson--K-F-Manuscript-chart-of-Cape-Cod--Massachusetts-Bay--ProvincetownAn interesting manuscript chart of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay in black and red ink. Not only does the chart have a different look than a printed chart but the item raises questions as to why so much care was placed on its creation. Signed by K.F. Nickerson and dated to February 1955. <br></br> Detailed mid 20th-century manuscript chart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. The MS chart is drawn on the verso of an earlier chart from from 1935. Nickerson apparently cannibalized an old chart simply to create his chart on the back. We don't know why Nickerson spent so much time on the chart but it is evident he spent hours meticulously copying from an unknown source. Perhaps the map was constructed for sale as a tourist keepsake. More likely it had some utility to Nickerson in his occupation, because the chart detail is at a granular level that could be used for navigation. <br></br> Contains info on radio beacons, depth soundings, maritime hazards, aids to navigation and much more.Scale 1/2 inch = 1 mile.