Malham, John
1797

A Correct Chart of the Coasts of the Bay of Biscay

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A Correct Chart of the Coasts of the Bay of Biscay Engraved for Malhams Naval Gazetteer

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Antique engraved nautical chart of the Bay of Biscay, probably the earliest small-scale map of Biscay Bay to be printed in the United States (1797). Coverage extends from the coasts of Normandy and Brittany past Bordeaux and Gascony and terminates in Galicia near Cape Ferrol. Key features include Ushant, Brest, la Rochelle, Rochefort, Bayonne; and the mouths of the Vilaine, Loire, and Gironde Rivers.

Though small in size, the chart contains numerous soundings and descriptions of the composition of the sea-floor (e.g. "Broken Shells", "Grey Sand" or "Whitish Mixt Sand") .

This chart comes from an early nautical gazetteer or geographical dictionary produced first in England and after 1796 in the United States by John Malham. Rev. John Malham was a prolific Yorkshire-born author who produced other diverse works that include "Navigation Made Easy and Familiar", "Twenty-Two Sermons on Doctrinal and Practical Subjects" and "The Scarcity of Wheat considered". Malham died near London in 1807. (Gentleman's Magazine, Vol 102, 1807, p. 568).

Colophon at end of Volume 1 states that the work is "From the prefs of Samuel Etheridge, No. 9 Newbury Street, Boston, 1797").

CREATOR: Malham, John

PUBLICATION DATE: 1797

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Biscay Bay

CONDITION: Good.  On chain-laid paper. Slight age-toning and spotting with a short right margin (3/8 ") Two vertical folds, as issued.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: Rollinson

SIZE: 7 " x 9 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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