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616. [MAP]. ANVILLE [Jean Baptiste Bourguignon] d’ (after) & [Robert] Laurie & [James] Whittle (publishers). [Title within Rococo cartouche] A New and Complete Map of the West Indies Comprehending all the Coasts and Islands Known by that Name. By Monsr. D’Anville; with Several Emendations and Improvements. London, Published by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street. 12th May, 1794. [below title cartouche and comparative scale] The British Possessions are Coloured Red | The Spanish...Yellow | The French...Blue | The Dutch...Orange | The Danish...Green | The Swedish...Brown [publishers’ ink stamp on verso] 64. London: Laurie & Whittle, May 12, 1794. Copper-engraved map of present lower U.S., Mexico, Central America, northern tip of South America, and the Caribbean; on two sheets of thick laid paper, original outline color indicating European claims; border colored pale orange; neat line to neat line: 46.5 x 85.6 cm; overall sheet size: 54.5 x 89.3 cm. Minor repairs to blank margin, some tape repairs to verso, some slight offsetting, but generally very fine.

     The map was published in an edition of Laurie & Whittle’s New and Elegant, Imperial, Sheet Atlas, which was issued several times in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Phillips, Atlases 1716, 1720, etc. Rumsey 2310.083. Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, LAU-1c. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 227: “Extends in the northwest to beyond El Paso and shows part of what is now southern Arizona.” The map shows settlements along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, New Spain, Central America, the northern coast of South America, and the islands of the West Indies.

     Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (1691-1782), one of the leading French cartographers in the eighteenth century, was the publisher of over two hundred individual maps, as well as several atlases, including the Atlas General which corrected the errors of the maps of Delisle and Sanson. His work is known for its beauty as well as its scientific accuracy. The prolific English firm of Laurie & Whittle was active between ca. 1794 and 1812 (see Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers (revised edition) (Vol. III, pp. 96-97).


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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