Malham, John

A Correct Chart of the West India Islands early Boston published

A Correct Chart of the West India Islands engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer

DESCRIPTION: Antique nautical chart showing the east coast of the United States south of Charlestown, South Carolina, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas, Hispaniola, the West Indies, Central America, Columbia, and Venezuela south to the mouth of the Orinoco River. This chart has examples of interesting usage of terms that are today known only from history books: 'Spanish Main' for the southern Caribbean Sea; 'Terra Firma' denotes northern Colombia and Venezuela. Key noted cities include Charleston, Savannah, St. Augustine, New Orleans, Havana, Port Royal, Cartagena, Caracas.

From the rare first American edition of Malham's Naval Gazetteer, published by Spotswood and Nancrede in Boston in 1797. Early U.S. colonial nautical chart engravings are scarce.

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).

CREATOR: Malham, John



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Very Good.  On chain-laid paper. A few brown spots outside the platemark.

COLORING: Careful and beautiful hand color.


SIZE: 9 " x 7 "


PRICE: $365


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