Jefferys, Thomas

Antique Chart of The Island of Jamaica and Cape Gracias a Dios

The Island of Jamaica and Cape Gracias a Dios with the Banks

DESCRIPTION: Fine antique sea chart covering from the Mosquito Coast (labeled Moskito King's Party) of Honduras and Nicaragua to Jamaica, a distance over water of more than 400 miles. First state chart with numerous navigational details such as depth soundings, reefs, and the prevailing current.

Includes ships' tracks labeled 'Galleons Track from Cartagena to Havana' that skirt numerous reefs on the dangerous voyage from Colombia to Cuba. These details are worthy of study under magnification for the insight they provide on the key success factors for seafarers in the mid-eighteenth century.
  • South Key- "Fresh water under a large wild grape tree."
  • "Main Cape Reef and Keys by the Spaniards los Tiburones"
  • "Serrana alias The English Bank called also Pearl Island"
  • "Quinta el Sueno called by the baymen Guana Reef"
  • Southwest of Jamaica- "La Bivora or Pedro Shoals according to the surveys of Spanish pilots in 1727 and 1750"
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."

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
"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. ( Internet )

CREATOR: Jefferys, Thomas



BODY OF WATER: Caribbean Sea

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean and bright with no notable condition issues. Archical repairs to close centerfold misalignment. On heavy antique chain laid paper. Slight age toning near the edges.

COLORING: Attractive later hand coloring.


SIZE: 24 " x 18 "


PRICE: $1675


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