Fahlberg, Samuel


Chart of Saint Barthelemy, St. Martin and Anguilla

Charta öfver canalerna och utloppen emellan öarna från St. Barthelemy till Dog och Prickle Pear efter de sednaste observationer utlagd 1792 och dedicerad til Kongl. Vetenskaps academien
(Chart over canals and outlets between the islands from St.Barthelemy to Dog and Prickle Pear after recent sightings laid out in 1792 and dedicated to the Royal Academy of Science by Samuel Fahlberg)

DESCRIPTION: Exceedingly rare original antique chart of the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, St. Barts, St. Martin, Dog Island, and Prickly Pear Island by Swedish cartographer and physician Dr. Samuel Fahlberg (1758-1834) . This beautifully engraved chart may well be the only available small-scale sea chart of these three Caribbean Islands by a Swedish cartographer.

No record of a sale of this chart in the Antique Map Price Record database (200K map sales since 1982). Faint pencil notations and a course plot into the harbor at Saint Martin indicate that this chart was used at sea.

Fahlberg moved to St. Barthelemy (St. Barts / Barth) as a physician in 1784 after the island was ceded to Sweden by France. In 1803 Fahlberg was named Director of Survey of St. Barts; he thoroughly mapped the island for the Swedish West India Company ( Svenska Vastindiska Kompaniet ) 1.

Contains a detailed inset of Gustavia on St. Barths titled "Speciale-Chart ofver Inloppet och Hammen Carenage samt Staden Gustavia. According to the John Carter Brown library: "The main town on Saint Barthélemy was called Le Carenage by the French, but renamed Gustavia by the Swedes when the island was given to the Swedes by Louis XVI in return for free port rights to Gothenburg, Sweden". A 'carenage' is an area typically along a shallow beach where wooden ships without access to a drydock could be beached at high tide, or careened, in order to clean, caulk, and repair their hulls.

On chain-laid paper with watermark: "C & I Honig". Engraved by the Swedish chart maker Erik Akerland (1754–1832). Stockholm: 1792. Text is in Swedish.

1 Reinhartz, Dennis. "The Caribbean Cartography of Samuel Fahlberg". History of Cartography Symposium. Springer. 2012. http://www.springer.com/978-3-642-19087-2.

CREATOR: Fahlberg, Samuel



BODY OF WATER: Caribbean

CONDITION: Fair.  Repaired weak spot at fold and a repair to close a hole near the bottom margin. No impact to the image. Slight darkening to the right side of the chart.


ENGRAVER: Akerland

SIZE: 26 " x 21 "


PRICE: $22500


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