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AUCTION 22

 

Remarkable U.S. Pocket Map of Havana, Vividly Colored


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320.     [MAP]. KELLY, Santiago T. Plano de la Habana dibujado por Santiago T. Kelly Engeniero y Arequitecto 1837. Lith. by A.E. Baker, No. 8 Wall St. New-York. [lower center above neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress by J.T. Kelly Novr. 2d. 1837 in the Dist. Clerks Office for the Southern Dist. of N.Y. [scale at middle left] Escala, 200 pies por un pulgada [lower right, arms of Cuba]; [three inset views: fort, state house, and cathedral]: [1] El Morro [lower left, 11 x 12 cm]; [2] Casa de Gobierno [lower right, 17.5 x 2 cm]; [3] Catedral [lower right, 17.4 x 17.4 cm]. New York, 1837. Lithograph map of the city of Havana showing the streets and port, on two sheets of thin paper with original vivid hand coloring, folded into original red sheep covers (13.7 x 9 cm), lettered in gilt on upper cover: J.T. Kelly’s Ciudad de la Habana; upper and lower covers rolled in gilt, original green paper pastedowns. Neat line to neat line: 67.7 x 123 cm. Overall sheet size: 73 x 127 cm. Map: Some folds professionally strengthened, a few minor voids infilled and supplied in facsimile, light scattered foxing and staining (mainly confined to margins). Pocket covers moderately rubbed, with minor losses along top and lower covers, a few small spots and stains, professionally retouched. Overall an excellent copy with exceptional color.

     First edition. Map not in standard sources. Copies located at the Library of Congress, the British Library, Tulane, and the University of Kentucky. Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, revised edition, Vol. III, p. 15) lists Santiago T. Kelly, noting only this map. In addition to the present map, the British Library owns an 1837 book by Kelly entitled Presupuesto del Camino de Hierro de Cardenas y Bemba (Havana, 1837). Peters (America on Stone, p. 86) discusses lithographer A.E. Baker, noting that his “work does not seem to have been voluminous. I have come across only a few pieces.” Peters lists very interesting lithographs by him (though not this map), and notes in his chronology that after his sojourn as a lithographer (beginning in 1833), he worked as a city marshal, police officer, and reporter.

     Despite the fact that Kelly is an obscure figure in U.S. mapmaking history, his skills, as evidenced by the present map, must have been considerable. This beautiful map shows the harbor area, main streets, forts, significant buildings, and numerous sections and plazas. The famous Alameda is also named. One curious feature shown is the powder house. Oddly, it appears that a U.S. flag is flying over the fort of El Moro. During the nineteenth century, Southern politicians in the U.S. plotted the island’s annexation to strengthen pro-slavery forces.

($2,000-4,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,200.00; Price Realized: $2,640.00

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