Luffman, John

Antique map of Cadiz Harbour, Spain

Antique Map of Cadiz Harbor, Spain. 1800.

DESCRIPTION: Fine copper-plate engraved plan of Cadiz Harbor, Spain not far from the Strait of Gibraltar. Includes Rota, Porto St. Maria, Fort Saint Sebastien, Puntal Road, Carraca, and Chiclana. As described by Luffman:
"Cadiz, by the Phoenecians called 'Gadir' and by the Romans 'Gades', is situated in the province of Andalusia & its harbour the best in Old Spain. It was originally built by the Tyrians and possessed successively by the Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors, the latter were dispossessed in 1260. It is 42 miles N.W. of Gibraltar. Lat. 36.30 N. Lon. 6.40 W."

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. July 1, 1801. Volume I, Number 1.

Luffman also provided similar engravings to this 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.

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




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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