Jefferys, Thomas

Jefferys excellent 1775 antique chart of the Yucatan Peninsula to western Cuba

The Coast of Yucatan from Campeche to Bahia del Ascension; with the West End of Cuba. By Thomas Jefferys Geographer to His Majesty.

DESCRIPTION: Antique engraved sea chart from Yucatan Peninsula to western Cuba. Numerous large square-rigged ships are depicted enroute to either Campeche; Cartagena, Colombia; or Havana, Cuba.

Published under Thomas Jeffery's name by Sayer and Bennet. Includes Merida, Valladolid, Loggerhead Key, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, etc.

This 1775 original British privately-published chart is a continuation of Jefferys' magnificent map of Cuba, which omits the western tip of the Pearl of the Antilles, Cuba.

A fleet of square-rigged galleons is shown sailing on a plotted track labeled: "Gallions Track from Cartagena", while two ships sail west along a plotted track labeled: "Track from Cape Catoche to Campeche." To round out the cast of characters a third ship, apparently a privateer, exits a shorter track between two rocky areas. That track is noted as the "Passage del Corsario." Note: a favorite tactic of pirates, corsairs, and cocaine smugglers has long been to use local knowledge of the water depth and hazards to frustrate pursuers.

From Sayer's and Bennett's atlas titled: The West-India Atlas: or, a compendious description of the West-Indies: illustrated with forty one correct charts and maps, taken from actual surveys."

Publishers attribution reads: "London. Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map and Print seller. No 53 Fleet Street as the Act directs 20th Feb.y 1775. According to Rumsey
"Sayer and Bennet acquired his [Jefferys'] materials in preparation for this atlas, and published the atlas posthumously under his name (as they did with the American Atlas) in 1775. The heart of this atlas and the most detailed part is the sixteen sheet large chart and index sheet of the whole of the West Indies. ( Internet )

CREATOR: Jefferys, Thomas



BODY OF WATER: Bay of Campeche

CONDITION: Good.  Clean and bright. On heavy antique chain laid paper. Neat archival repair in upper margin outside the neat line. Reinforcements on the verso to folds at the outer edges.

COLORING: Later wash hand coloring.


SIZE: 24 " x 18 "


PRICE: $1050


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