Depot de la Marine

Antique nautical chart of the Bay and Port of Falmouth, England

Angleterre, Cote Sud, Port of Falmouth reconnu par le G. Williams et le Master J.S. Wells . . .

DESCRIPTION: Very attractive 1870 antique nautical chart of the Port of Falmouth, England on the south coast of Cornwall. The chart includes the towns of Penryn, Flushing, and Falmouth with an 3" x 4" inset map of Truro at left. Carefully hand-colored after issue, this fine French Sea chart is a fabulous example of the value and appeal that coloring can add to a chart. The blue wash coloring along the coastal margins and light brown highlights of the carefully hachured topographic detail heighten the allure of this decorative navigational lithograph. This chart would make a fine gift for any sailor or boat-man who travels the waters near Falmouth Bay.

Filled with the expected hundreds of depth soundings, isobaths (countour lines of equal depth below the surface), navigational hazards and aids to navigation. Also includes copious detail of the creeks, roads, villages, and topography in the surrounding area. A sample of those details include: Pendennis Castle; St. Mawes Harbor; Swan Pool; St. Gluvias Church; Beacon Hill; Conreeth Moor; the Truro branch of the West Cornwall Railway; St. Michael Penkevit Church; Saint Anthony Church; and Lamorran Church

Contains a blue ink over-stamp from the seller "Au Semaphore" in Havre, France.

Originally issued by France's Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine in 1867, this edition contains corrections up to 1870. Chart is based on an earlier work from 1853 by the British Admiralty. Number 2445.

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Very good.  Very clean with no foxing or major issues. A few chips along the edges and one repaired maginal tear outside the image. Will frame very nicely.

COLORING: Later fine hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: Geisendorfer

SIZE: 24 " x 36 "


PRICE: $825


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