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Working Sea Charts

Accurate and up-to-date sea charts are more than just a convenience for sailors, they are a matter of life and death. Because of this there has always been a strong demand for good charts to be taken on ship board, whether of the coastal waters of the United States, the Mediterranean Sea or on any of the world's oceans and seas. Sea atlases were used, but they tend to be unwieldy on board ship and the process of updating an entire atlas very time consuming. A single sheet chart was easier to use and it was possible for publishers to issue updated versions of a single chart more regularly. Thus it is that most of the charts actually used on ships over the years have been separately issued, single sheet charts. These were sometimes folded, but usually they were rolled, sometimes backed on linen or with a distinctive blue paper (giving them the name "bluebacks").

Separately issued sea charts were the charts that allowed ships--the primary means of commercial, private and military transportation until the mid-nineteenth century--to navigate the seas and oceans of the world. These were the charts that were used by explorers, merchantmen, and naval captains and thus which oiled the wheels of history. Their desirability is enhanced by their great scarcity. This has two main causes. First, any sheet of paper being used on board a ship at sea was often subject to damage or even destruction. As well, it has always been considered important to destroy any out-of-date chart in case someone inadvertently might use it. An out-of-date chart can be extremely dangerous for ship and crew, so most were destroyed as soon as updated charts became available.

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East Coast

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New England

George W. Eldridge. "George W. Eldridge's Chart D Massachusetts Bay and the coast from Chatham to Boston and Gloucester." Boston: George W. Eldridge, 1895. Separately issued chart backed on linen for rolling. 36 1/2 x 49. Lithograph. Some marginal wear and repaired tear at top. Otherwise, good condition.

A George W. Eldridge chart of his home waters, showing Massachusetts Bay and the coast from Chatham, up to the tip of Cape Cod and then around as far as Gloucester northeast of Boston. Soundings are given throughout as are sailing directions. The coast line is accurately depicted with principal features, including towns and light houses. Also shown throughout are buoys, spars and beacons, identified in a key at bottom. This map was sold by Edward C. Lord, a ship chandler from Vineyard Haven, whose stamp appears on the chart. $1,800



Martha's Vineyard
A.D. Bache. "Coast Chart No. 112. From Muskeget Channel to Buzzard's Bay and Entrance to Vineyard Sound Mass." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, Oct. 29, 1889, corrected to Feb. 8, 1890. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 112. 37 1/2 x 26 1/2. Engraved by G. McCoy, J. Enthffer, J. Knight and G.B Metzeroth. Hand highlighting for lights. Ring stain in Buzzard's Bay; otherwise, very good condition.

A highly detailed chart showing Martha's Vineyard and the surrounding waters, including Buzzard's Bay, a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. This is the middle sheet of a three sheet series of the southern Massachusetts coast, this sheet depicting from New Bedford to Hyannis Port. It was first issued Oct. 29, 1889, and corrected to Feb. 8, 1890. This separately issued chart was intended for use for navigation and it contains all navigational information necessary for a ship's captain. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted throughout the map. Interior information is shown in a narrow band along the Massachusetts' coast and for the entire interior of the island. $750



Mid-Atlantic

"Coast Chart No. 20. New York Bay and Harbor. New York." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1866, corrected to 1879. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 20. 32 1/2 x 26 1/8. Lithograph. With considerable spotting, especially on verso, some light stains, and creases/wrinkles, all from use. Some manuscript navigational marks.

A highly detailed chart showing New York Harbor and Bay, a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. This chart shows evidence of heavy use, perhaps being used by a ship based in New York City. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted throughout the map. Also included are sailing directions and tables on tides and currents. Precise and minute interior information is given for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. $1,200


Under the direction of F.R. Hassler and A.D. Bache. Set of three separately issued charts of "Long Island Sound." western part, middle part, eastern part Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1855-corrected to 1878/80. Each ca. 24 1/2 x 35. Engravings. With some spots, light staining and creases, but overall very good condition. With stamp; of "Michael Rupp & Co, Chronometer Makers." Ref: P.J. Guthorn, United States Coastal Charts 1783-1861. Pp. 65f.

Three extremely detailed U.S. Coastal Survey charts which when lined up delineate the entire Long Island Sound, from Block Island to the East River, and including the waterways around Manhattan. They present the finest depiction of Long Island Sound available in the late nineteenth century. $3,600


Under the direction of F.R. Hassler. "Eastern Part of Long Island Sound." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1855-corrected to 1880. 24 1/2 x 34 1/2. Engraving. With some surface blemishes and pencil notations, and 9 inch repaired tear. Overall very good condition. With stamp; of "Michael Rupp & Co, Chronometer Makers."

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart of the eastern part of Long Island Sound, one part of the three sheet set (cf. above). $850


"New York Entrance." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1875, corrected to 1884. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 31 1/4 x 38 1/2. Lithograph. Some manuscript navigational marks. Otherwise, excellent condition.

A highly detailed chart showing the entrance to New York Harbor, another good example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. This separately issued chart shows the approach to the Verrazzano Narrows, with the New Jersey coast in the lower left, Staten Island in the upper left, and the southwestern tip of Long Island (including Coney Island) in the upper right. The chart was intended for use for navigation (price 50 cents) and it contains all navigational information necessary for a ship's captain. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted throughout the map. Also included are sailing directions and tables on tides, currents, and lighthouses. It is particularly interesting for the precise and highly detailed information of the interior of the coasts shown, with fields, roads, building and topography clearly delineated. $1,200


Coast Chart 122. From Barnegat Inset to Absecon Inlet New Jersey. Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1879. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. Ca. 38 1/2 x 30 1/2. Lithograph. Very good condition.

A U.S. coastal chart showing a section of the New Jersey Atlantic coast. Typically, the detail is impressive and copious, showing detail of the coast and inland waters and land features all along the coast. For showing the New Jersey coast at the end of the 19th century, there is no better map. $475



F.R. Hassler & A.D. Bache. "Chesapeake Bay From Head of Bay to Magothy River." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1863, corrected to 1885. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 36. 29 1/4 x 37 1/2. Engraving by F. Dankworth, A. Rollé, J. Knight and G.B. Metzeroth. With label from Arthur L. Hopkins, Bangor, Maine. Excellent condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing part of the northern-most part of the Chesapeake Bay, the top section in a series of charts showing the Chesapeake Bay. It was first issued in 1863 and corrected to 1886. Interior information is given along the coasts, with indications of fields, woods, roads, and communities, including Havre de Grace and Baltimore. $1,200


"Delaware River Wilmington to Philadelphia. Washington: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, Oct 1936, corrected to February 9, 1937. Separately issued sea chart. 31 3/4 x 43 1/4. Printed in color. With folds and some staining, but overall very good.

A early 20th century sea chart of the Delaware River from Wilmington (shown in part) to Philadelphia (the southern half of which is depicted). With extensive information extending one to two miles inland from the river. $400



Southern

(Part of) "New and Accurate Chart (from Captain [Nathaniel] Holland's Surveys) of the North American Coast, for the Navigation between Cape Cod in New England and The Havana in the Gulf of Florida, Respectfully Inscribed to the Honorable Thomas Jefferson, Vice President of the United States of North America by his most obedient and humble servants Rt. Laurie & Js. Whittle." London: Laurie & Whittle, 1800. 31 1/2 x c. 73.

This southern portion of the chart shows the coastline from "Great Alligator Swamp" (North Carolina) to "Tortuga Bank." Included are the following insets: "Plan of the Bar and Harbour of Charleston;" "Plan of the Harbour of Port Royal;" Plan of the Inlet of St. Marys River;" "Plan of the Mouth of Nassau River;" and, "Plan of the Entrance and Harbour of St. Augustin." $2,800


[American coast from Cape Fear to St. Augustine; with inset of Charleston Harbour] New York: E. & G.W. Blunt, [1842]-1854. Separately issued "blue back" chart; mounted to blue back paper and rolled. 25 1/2 x 36 3/4. Engraving. With dots of color for light houses. With insets: "A Trigonometrical Survey of the entrance of St. John's River, Made in 1823 by the Officers of the U.S. Navy Surveying the Coast of Florida." (7 5/8 x 11 1/2; engraved by Wm. Hooker.) and "Charleston Harbour, S.C. Reduced from the Original Survey of Major H. Bache U.S. T.E." (13 1/2 x 13 3/4; engraved by Wm. Hooker.) With some staining and wear, typical of working chart. Overall, very good condition for working chart. With stamp; from seller: "W.H.C. Riggs. Chronometer & Nautical Store. 126 South Front St. (Philadelphia)." Ref: P. Guthorn, United States Coastal Charts 1783-1861, p. 9ff. &c. 100.

This rare example of a Blunt "blue back" chart shows the Atlantic coast from just north of Cape Fear to just south of St. Augustine. This chart was one of a series of charts of the American coast that were both sold separately (as here) or as part of an atlas. The two inset charts were both based on official surveys, indicative of the close relationship maintained by the Blunt firm with the U.S. Government surveyors. As is typical of such working charts, this chart has the precise detail of lights, soundings, shoals, and the like. $3,200


A.D. Bache. "Charleston Harbor and its Approaches." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1866. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 30 1/2 x 31. Old repaired tear at left. Edge wear at top. Typical creases and folds for working chart, but overall very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart Charleston Harbor with excellent detail. This separately issued chart was intended for use for navigation and it contains all navigational information necessary for a ship's captain. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map and text is included of sailing directions and notes on tides, currents, etc. Interior information along the coasts on either side of the harbor, and the city of Charleston is neatly laid out. This map came out just after the Civil War and both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are indicated. $950


"East Coast of North America." Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, Mar. 1870 to Jan. 1884. Separately issued U.S. Navy chart; backed on linen and rolled. 47 x 31. Lithograph. Hand highlights for lighthouses and beacons. Considerable surface wear and manuscript navigational markings. Some crumpling of margin in the top left. Otherwise, very good condition.

A U.S. Navy chart of the southeast coast of the U.S. from Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral. The coast is impressively delineated. $750


"General Chart of the Coast. No. XI. From Cape Hatteras to Cape Romain." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1882, printed Feb. 18, 1888. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 29 1/4 x 38 1/4. Lithograph. Hand highlights for lighthouses and beacons. Some crumpling to top margin. Some stains. Some manuscript navigational markings. Otherwise, very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing from Cape Romain to Cape Hatteras. The nature of the land right along the coast is clearly depicted, including small images of Wilmington and Georgetown. Tables are included on the tides and lighthouses/beacons. $675


Charles Mahon. "Atlantic Coast of the United States. Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral." Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, 1884, to November 1889. Separately issued U.S. Navy chart. 44 1/2 x 29 3/4. Engraved by H.C. Evans. Hand highlights for lighthouses and beacons. A few spots and manuscript navigational notes, but otherwise very good condition.

Another U.S. Navy chart of the southeast coast of the U.S. from Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral, a few years later than the issue above. A table about the lighthouses and beacons is included. $725


A.D. Bache. "Florida Reefs." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1862-1888. Set of four separately issued U.S. coastal charts; sheets 166-169. Each 39 1/4 x 31. Lithographs. Some stains and edge tears, but overall very good condition.

This set of four U.S. Coastal Survey charts of the Florida keys, was issued first in 1862, but updated and printed in 1888. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the maps. The interiors of the keys are also shown with excellent clarity, exhibiting the different habitats of each island. Tables on each sheet provide information on lighthouses, tides, soundings, and so forth. $2,800


"Florida Reefs. Key West to Rebecca Shoal." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1880-1888.Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 170. 32 1/4 x 41. Lithograph. Some crumpling to top margin, and manuscript navigational notes. Overall, very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing from Key West, past Marquesas Keys to Rebecca Shoal, issued first in 1880, but updated and printed in 1888. Soundings and other navigational details are copiously and accurately depicted on the map. The keys are shown with their habitats and Key West itself is shown with a precisely detailed plan. $750


A.D. Bache. "St. Simon's Sound Brunswick Harbor and Turtle River, Georgia." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1888. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 19 x 28 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition.

A highly detailed chart showing a small section of the Georgia coast, with St. Simon's Sound leading in to the Turtle River and the harbor at Brunswick, a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. It was first issued in 1888, with this chart printed on October 20, 1888. Interior information is given along the coast, with indications of fields, woods, roads, and the town of Brunswick neatly laid out with good detail. $450


A.D. Bache. "St. Simon's Sound. Brunswick Harbor and Turtle River." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1889, corrected to 1890. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 19 x 29. Lithograph. Some creases from rolling; otherwise, very good condition.

A updated, later edition of the U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing Brunswick Harbor and St. Simon's Sound in Georgia. It was first issued in 1889 and corrected to 1890. Interior information is given along the coast, with a carefully detailed plan of Brunswick. $450


A.D. Bache & Benjamin Peirce. "Coast Chart No. 155. Coast of South Carolina and Georgia;including Port Royal Sound and Savannah River." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1877, printed Oct. 3, 1889, corrected to Jan. 6, 1890. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 155. 32 1/2 x 40. Lithograph. Some crumpling to bottom margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing the southeastern coast of the United States from Skiddaway Island to St. Helena Island, and including the Port Royal Sound and the Savannah River; a fine example of the output of the U.S. Coast Survey. It was first issued in 1877 and corrected to 1890. This separately issued chart was intended for use for navigation and it contains all navigational information necessary for a ship's captain. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map. Interior information is shown for the coastal lands and includes depictions of Beaufort and Savannah. $675


"Coast Chart No. 156. From Savannah to Sapelo Island, Georgia." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, printed Nov 16, 1889, corrected to April 8, 1890. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart, no. 156. 41 x 32 1/4. Lithograph. Some crumpling and tears to margins. Otherwise, very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing the Georgia coast from Savannah to Sapelo Island. The nature of the land along the coast is clearly depicted, including a pan of Savannah. Tables are included on the tides and lighthouses/beacons. $650


"Coast Chart No. 145. Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Inlet. North Carolina." Washington: U.S. Coast Survey, 1885, printed June 10, 1890, corrected to July 10, 1890. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart; sheet 145. 32 x 40 1/2. Lithograph. Some manuscript navigational markings. Very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey chart showing North Carolina's outer banks from the Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras. It was first issued in 1885 and corrected to 1890. Textual information is included of lights, buoys, and tides. $575



Gulf Coast

"Gulf Coast of the United States Key West to Rio Grande." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1863, corrected to 1882. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 27 1/2 x 50 1/2. Lithograph. Hand highlighting for lighthouses and beacons. Some light stains and manuscript navigational marks. Repaired tear at right and some vertical creases. Very good condition for working chart.

This U.S. Coastal Survey chart extends from Key West, up the western side of Florida and all the way across to the mouth of the Rio Grande. It was first issued in 1863 and corrected to 1882. This separately issued chart was intended for use for navigation and it contains all navigational information necessary for a ship's captain. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map and text on the tides, soundings, and lighthouses is included. Besides waterways extending inland from the coast and lighthouses, the only interior information is indications of various towns and cities. $1,400


"The North Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Sheet 1. From St. Marks River to Barataria Bay." Washington: Hydrographic Office, Navy Department, April 1870, corrected to December 1880. Separately issued U.S. Naval Chart. 38 3/4 x 24 5/8. Lithograph. Hand highlights of lighthouses and beacons. Some light staining and surface soiling; a few navigational notes in pencil. Short tear at right and crease in center. Overall, very good condition for working chart.

A U.S. Navy chart of the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extending from St. Marks in Florida to the mouth of the Mississippi (and just including New Orleans). This chart first issued in 1870 and updated to January 1878 and then again to December 1880. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map and tables about the lighthouses and beacons are included. No interior information is given, other than indications of towns and cities, including New Orleans and Mobile. $850


A.D. Bache. "Mobile Bay Alabama." Washington: U.S. Coastal Survey, 1856, corrected to 1885. Separately issued U.S. coastal chart. 38 x 28 1/8. Engraving by S. Siebert, F. Dankworth, J. Knight, J.H. Goldthwaite, J.N.N. Throop, & H.M. Knight. Crease across middle; else very good condition.

A U.S. Navy chart showing Mobile Bay. It was first issued in 1856 and corrected to 1885. Interior information is given along the coasts, with indications of fields, woods, roads, and a finely engraved plan of Mobile itself. $650



West Indies

Richard Taylor chart
Richard Taylor. "An Accurate Draft of the old straits of Bahama. taken from an actual Survey and remarks of Mr. Robert Bishop in 1762. And is now carefully Dedicated to the purchaser Captain_______by his most obliged Friend &c Richard Taylor. Philada. 30th. Novr. 1781." Philadelphia, November 30, 1781. Manuscript ink on paper; backed on cloth. 17 3/8 x 40 3/8. Very good condition.

A unique manuscript map of the straits between Cuba and the Bahama Islands, drawn in Philadelphia in late 1781. The map shows the northern coastline of Cuba from Havana to Cape Maize and the waters to the north. The map was drawn by Richard Taylor, a Philadelphia sea captain from Philadelphia. There was a great need for accurate and up-to-date sea charts for American captains throughout the 18th century, a need not met easily, especially during the years of the American Revolution, by printed charts which at the time pretty much all came from Europe. The demand for working charts was, instead, often met by American chart-makers who had access to printed charts and would make careful, full-sized copies of these charts in order to sell them to captains in need. This is just such a chart, which includes the legend "And is now carefully Dedicated to the purchaser Captain______.by his most obliged Friend &c Richard Taylor." The lack of a name in the space seems to indicate that Taylor may have made the chart on speculation, but never found a buyer.

The chart that Taylor copied was an 1762 map by Captain Robert Bishop, a somewhat obscure British hydrographer, who stated in the key of one of his maps that he was on board the HMS Alarm, a Royal Navy frigate, during its tour of the Caribbean in 1758-60. Probably as a result of surveys during this voyage, Bishop wrote a book of sailing directions for the Gulf and Windward Passages, and also published a number of charts of the area in the early 1760s. His charts are very rare and known in some instances only by later printings. Laurie & Whittle, for instance, re-published six Bishop charts of the straits around the Bahamas in 1790s, including a version of this chart, for which there is no known example of the first edition (making this manuscript the earliest known version of this chart). $21,000
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John Parsons. "Santa Cruz." London: Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, 1856. Separately issued working sea chart, backed on linen and rolled. 25 1/2 x 38. Engraving by J.& C. Walker. A few hand-color highlights. Short tear at right, but otherwise, very good condition.

A British Admiralty chart of St. Croix. The surrounding waters are extensively depicted with soundings and the coastal features are very precisely depicted with fine engraving. On this chart interior information of the island is also given, with general topography, roads, settlements, and major farms noted throughout. A series of shore profiles are presented at the top as an aid to a captain approaching the island from different directions. $1,200


"Plano, Del puerta de Sagua la Grande. en la Costa Septentrional de la Isla De Cuba. Levantado De orden de la Direccion Gral. de Obras Publicas Por el segundo piloto D. Rodrigo de B.y. Estrada, Agrimensor e Ingeniero civil. 1858" Cuba(?), 1858. Lithograph. 22 x 20 1/4. With long repaired tear at top; expertly conserved. Otherwise, very good condition.

A very rare Spanish-language, working chart of the harbor of Sagua la Grande on the northern coast of Cuba. Includes extensive "Directions" in text and indications of the proper course to enter the harbor. Also shown are careful delineations of the islands, shoals, and soundings in the harbor, as well as a horizon view of the land from the sea. $475


"Barbados From Various Authorities." London: Admiralty, 31 July 1856, corrected to May 1862. 24 1/4 x 19. Engraving by J.& C. Walker. Very good condition.

A British Admiralty of Barbados. The Admiralty's charts were some of the best in the world and this depiction of Barbados is a good example of the quality of their output. The coastline is precisely delineated, with soundings given in the accessible southwest area and indications of shoals around much of the rest of the coast. The interior, with hatching for topography and indications of rivers, is filled with interesting information of buildings etc. As good a map as one could expect from this period. $575


"Gulf of Mexico, West Indies and Caribbean Sea." Washington: Hydrographic Office, Navy Department, July 1870. Separately issued U.S. Naval Chart. 24 x 84 1/2. Lithograph. A few stains.. Overall, very good condition for working chart..

A U.S. Navy chart of the southern Caribbean, extending form the south coast of Cuba to the north coast of South America, and from Vera Cruz to Windward Islands. The chart includes eight inset charts and some profiles to aid navigation. $750


C.P. Bolles. "The Great Bahama Bank." Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, Oct. 1869, to Aug. 1873. Separately issued U.S. Navy chart. 35 x 26. Lithograph. Paper toned, a number of short edge tears (repaired), and some manuscript navigational marks. Overall, very good condition.

A U.S. Navy chart of the Andros Island and the Great Bahama Bank to the west. This is a Naval chart first issued in 1884 and updated to November 1889. It was intended to be used by Naval captains and so contained all information that would be useful for navigation. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map. Soundings and other navigational details are precisely depicted on the map. Interior information is lacking for the island, but its entire coastline is carefully mapped. $650


R.H. Wyman. "North Atlantic Ocean. Windward Islands and Caribbean Sea." Separately issued U.S. Navy chart of the Caribbean Islands from the eastern part of La Hispaniola to the coast of Venezuela. Washington: Hydrographic Department, U.S. Navy, 1878. 50 1/4 x 43 1/4. Old and new repaired tears along sides, a few smudges, and pencil notations from use. Otherwise good condition.

This Naval chart was first issued in May 1873 and corrected in 1878. At bottom left there is a small table of revised observation spots conducted by Commander Geo. P. Ryan aboard the U.S.S. Huron in 1877. The map includes, but is not limited to, the following islands: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Antigua, Guadaloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada, Tobago, Trinidad, Barbados. $650


John Parsons. "St. Vincent." London: Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, 1876. Separately issued Admiralty sea chart. 23 3/4 x 18 1/4. Engraving by Davies & Co. Short tear in top margin, but otherwise, very good condition.

A fine example of British Admiralty output, showing St. Vincent. The surrounding waters are extensively depicted with soundings and the coastal features are very precisely depicted with fine engraving. On this chart interior information of the island is also given, with general topography, roads, towns and villages, and some major buildings are noted throughout. $375


"Trinidad and Gulf of Paria." Washington: Hydrographic Office, Navy Department, [1872]-1880. Separately issued U.S. Naval Chart. 38 x 48. Engraving. Land with colored tint. Wear in upper left. Overall, very good condition for working sea chart.

A U.S. Navy chart Trinidad and the Gulf of Paria to the west, based on British surveys "Corrected to 1872." This chart has an 1880 date stamp of chart seller F.W. Lincoln & Co. of Boston. The major topography of the island is depicted graphically and images of coastal profiles are scattered about the map. Part of Paria and the South American coastline are shown as well, and an inset map of the Rocas de Dragos included in the top left. $475


James F. Imray. "Caribbean Sea." London: J. Imray & Son, 1880. Separately issued "blueback" chart; mounted to blue paper and rolled. Ca. 41 x 77. Engraving. Some minor blemishes and tear on left side. Manuscript pencil, navigational lines and notes. Overall, very good condition. With 20 detailed inset maps. With Imray & Son stamp dated 1881 and stamp of original seller ("Michael Rupp & Co. Chronometer Makers, and dealers in Charts, Sextants, &c."). Original label on verso.

A rare example of a working blue-back chart showing the Caribbean Sea with the surrounding coasts, including South America, southern Central America, Jamaica, the southern part of Haiti, and the Antilles. This chart was as fine any of this region as was produced in the second half of the nineteenth century. It was produced by James Imray & Son, the leading British chart maker of the period. This private chart would have been sold ("Price 10s, With a Book of Directions, Price, 12s") in New York to Captain who wanted the best chart available. $1,100


"West Indies. Cuba." Western Portion and Eastern Portion. Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, May 1882 and July 1882. Separately issued U.S. Navy charts. Republished from British Admiralty Charts Nos. 2579 and 2580. Two sheets, each 24 x 37. Hand highlighting for light houses and beacons. Inset views of lighthouses and other coastal features. Very good condition. $750


Chas. Mahon. "West Indies. Eastern Part of Bahama Islands. Part of Cuba and North Coast of Santo Domingo." Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, Oct. 1885-November 1888. Separately issued U.S. Navy chart of the eastern Bahama Islands. 24 1/2 x 39. Engraved by H.C. Evans. Hand highlights for lighthouses and beacons. A few smudges, but otherwise very good condition.

A U.S. Coastal Survey first issued in October 1885 and updated to November 1888. The only interior information given is some topography to aid in identification of location. $750


"West Indies. Island of Cuba." Washington: Hydrographic Department, Navy Department, Feb. 1886, to July 1888. Separately issued U.S. Navy chart. 26 1/2 x 43 3/8. Engraved by H.C. Evans and H.T. Knight. Hand highlighting for light houses and beacons. With long tear at left and numerous tears and missing oval of paper (about 1" x 4" semicircle in printed area); all expertly repaired. Otherwise, very good condition. A U.S. Navy chart of Cuba and surrounding waters. On this chart the interior of the island is blank, except for a few topographical features visible from the sea which are indicated. The coastline is precisely delineated. $650



South America

John Purdy & Alex'r Findlay, Jr. "General Chart of the Coasts of Brasil, &c. From The River Para to Buenos-Ayres; With Particular Plans of the Harbours." London: Richard H. Laurie, [January 1, 1838]-1852. Separately issued "blueback" chart; mounted to blue paper and rolled. 37 1/2 x 75. Engraving. With some wear and old repaired tears at edges; edges strengthened with old linen tape. Water stains and many manuscript navigational plotting marks. Some small holes. Overall, very good condition for working chart.

An impressively detailed working chart of the coasts of Brazil from the River Para to Buenos Aires. This map was published by Richard Holmes Laurie (1777-1858). Having taken over his father's partnership in the renowned firm of Laurie & Whittle, Richard eventually became the sole proprietor of the mapmaking firm after the death of James Whittle in 1818. With the help of John Purdy, Alexander Findlay, and Alexander George Findlay, Laurie began to specialize in the production of nautical publications and charts. Drawing on his firm's long experience, Laurie produced maps that were exceptional for their crisp, clear detail as evidenced even in the superior calligraphy of the title cartouche. Typically of bluebacks, this map has precise detail of all the coastlines, with geographic coordinates, shoals, and other navigational information. It was intended for ships sailing the coast of Brazil so details of depths, rivers, harbors, lights houses and such are particularly copious. Also of note are the 31 insets of all the important harbors along this coast, including Rio Janeiro, and charming vignettes of the appearance of the coast from the sea, including ones of the City of Rio Janeiro and of San Salvador. $950


"The Coast of Guayana." London: J. Imray and Son, [1870]-1871. Separately issued blueback chart; mounted to blue paper and rolled. 25 1/2 x 35 1/2. Engraving. Two corners bent.. Otherwise, very good condition.

Depicting the northern coast of South American ("Guyana") from the mouth of the Orinoco (and the southeastern corner of Trinidad) to the eastern border of French Guiana, this is a fine map by James Imray and Son, first issued in 1870 and here with a date stamp of 1871. Included are six inset maps, including the mouth of the Demerara River with Georgetown laid out in plan. $425


"River Plate." London: J. Imray and Son, 1879. Separately issued "blueback" chart; mounted to blue paper and rolled. 33 1/4 x 48 1/2. Engraving. With two merchant stamps. Excellent condition.

A rare, working blueback chart showing the mouth of the River Plate in South America. This chart was as fine any of this region as was produced in London at mid-century. Typically of bluebacks, this map has precise detail of all the coastlines, with depths, geographic coordinates, shoals, light houses and other navigational information. It includes five insets with smaller scale maps, including one of the roadsteads of Buenos Aires. This chart has the stamp of Imray & Son, London, 1880, and also the stamp of Michael Rupp & Co. of New York, the firm that would have sold the chart to one of the many sea merchants plying the waters of South America in the late nineteenth century. $950



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