Luffman, John

Antique map Belle Isle, France engraved for Luffman's Select Plans


Luffman: Antique Map Belle Isle, France. 1800.


Neat antique engraved map of the Island of Belle Isle in the Bay of Biscay in France. With the headlands shown of Talifer Point, Corigan Point, Poulains Point, Grand Village Point and many more. Many small cities and towns are identified as well as a citadel near the town of Palais.

Key political divisions noted by Luffman include the four parishes of Sauzon, Locmaria, Bangor, and Palais.

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, August 1, 1800. Volume I, #54.

Luffman also provided similar engravings at about the same time for J.T. Serres' "The Little Sea Torch: or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots." Serres translated the Little Sea Torch from an earlier illustrated coasting pilot guide, based on Bougard's "Le petit flambeau de la mer", first published in 1684. Serres added his own magnificent views of headlands, ports, lighthouses, landmarks, topography, coastal scenes, ships and harbor entrances.

John Luffman (1751-1821) began his career as an engraver, trained by John Bayly, a noted map engraver in the Goldsmiths' Company, producing a fine map of Antigua, where he had resided in 1787 and 1789. 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: Bay of Biscay

CONDITION: Very Good.  A fine example. On robust paper with very wide margins. Fold at lower left corner.

COLORING: Attractive old hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 6 "




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