• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 289

    JEFFERYS, Thomas (d. 1771), et al. The West-India Islands; From Actual Survey and Observations: Eighteen Correct Maps: With Plans of Most of the Distinguished Harbours. London: Robert Laurie and James Whittle, 1796.

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    JEFFERYS, Thomas (d. 1771), et al. The West-India Islands; From Actual Survey and Observations: Eighteen Correct Maps: With Plans of Most of the Distinguished Harbours. London: Robert Laurie and James Whittle, 1796.

    Broadsheets (530 x 385 mm). Letterpress title, 12 leaves of letterpress text. 18 hand-colored engraved maps by Jefferys, and others (see below), all but two double-page, with additional map: "Plan of the Isle of Trinidad from the actual Surveys made in the Year 1797," (London: Laurie and Whittle, 1800). (Some occasional pale spotting and offsetting, a few short splits along folds, generally fine.) Modern half calf antique, marbled boards, by Michael Wilcox.

    A fine collection of maps of the islands of the West Indies, prefaced by the 24-page General View of the West Indies found in Jefferys' West India Atlas (first published London: Sayer and Bennett, 1775). 16 of the maps were published by Laurie and Whittle; 14 of them are dated 1794, one is dated 1795, and the additional map of Trinidad is dated 1800. Eight of the maps are by Jefferys; others are by Robert Wilkinson, one by Faden (Granada); two by John Byres, and one each by D'Anville, James Waring, Robert Baker, Daniel Paterson and Van Keulen. Phillips 3946.


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