Luffman, John

Antique British chart of Toulon Harbor, France

Antique chart of Toulon Harbor, France

DESCRIPTION: Antique large scale chart of Toulon Harbor, France by John Luffman from 1801.

A fine plan of the Little Road and the Great Road of Toulon. Depth soundings and marked anchorages fill the chart on the way south to the Mediterranean Sea. Shows numerous defensive features including Fort St. Louis, Malgue Fort, numerous towers, and two powder magazines (outside town walls).

As described by Luffman:
"Toulon Harbour. The mole of this celebrated harbour was begun by Henry 4 and finished by Louis 13. The arsenal A. and the new port or harbor for Men of War B. were constructed by Louis 14. C. shews the harbour for merchant ships, coasters, etc. Toulon City is 217 miles south-east of Paris. Latitude 43.7 North. Longitude 5.37 East from London."

From "Luffman's Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbors, Forts etc. in the World". Engraved and published by John Luffman, No. 28 Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street, Cheapside, London. September 1, 1801. Volume I, Number 9.

John Luffman (1751-1821) began his career as an engraver, producing a very large and fine map of Antigua, where he had resided in 1787 and 1789. That map was published by Luffman to accompany his 'A Brief Account of the Island of Antigua', 1788." Luffman shared the same sad fate as many publishers and was declared bankrupt on 9th March, 1793. Moving forward Luffman was more cautious and produced small format atlases and handy-sized maps of the theatres of war, principal towns and cities and battle-plans relating to the Wars of the French directorate and the subsequent Napoleonic War.

CREATOR: Luffman, John



BODY OF WATER: Toulon Harbour

CONDITION: Very Good.  A fine example. On robust paper with very wide margins.

COLORING: Attractive old hand coloring.


SIZE: 6 " x 5 "


PRICE: $250


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