Jefferys, Thomas

1762

Jefferys' scarce plan of the city of Cartagena, Colombia

Plan of the City and Suburbs of Carthagena [Colombia]

DESCRIPTION: 

Scarce large-scale birds-eye plan of the city of Cartagena, Colombia (1762) by engraver Thomas Jefferys. Emphasis on the considerable defences of Cartagena with more than one dozen defensive bastions identified by name. Secondary fortified position is labeled "Xemani or the suburb." Shows Fort Saint Philip- St. Lazaro or Baraxas and the long road to Bosquilla. Plate 5 Page 13.

After an apprenticeship to Emmanuel Bowen, Thomas Jefferys was one of the more prominent commercial cartographers in London during the middle of the eighteenth century. Although he was responsible for a wide variety of prints and for maps of much of the world, he is particularly remembered for his publication of many maps of North America.

Upon George III's accession to the throne in 1760, Jefferys became "Geographer to the King", a title signifying the status of a favored tradesman, and a reputable publisher with a sufficiently large collection of maps to fill the King's personal needs. Later, bankruptcy forced Jefferys into a partnership with Robert Sayer, a successful publisher of a diverse range of materials. Sayer provided the capital to reprint many of Jefferys's existing plates and presumably took the larger share of the profits. (Online. Osher Map Library.)

CREATOR: 

Jefferys, Thomas

PUBLICATION DATE: 

1762

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: 

Colombia

BODY OF WATER: 

CONDITION: 

Very good.  On laid paper, solid with slight browning.

COLORING: 

Old hand color.

ENGRAVER: 

Jefferys

SIZE: 

10 " x 7 "

PRICE: 

$800

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