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PRICE, Charles.

A Correct Chart of Hispaniola with the Windward Passage,

Humbly dedicated to Mr. John Machin Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College. By ... Hydrographer to the King.

Published: London, c.1755

Stock code: 55923

Price: £2,500

Sale Price: £1,750

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An attractive large chart of Hispaniola and the southern Bahamas, with title cartouche, compass roses and rhumb lines. Charles Price was a publisher, globe and instrument maker, engraver, and member of the Merchant Taylor’s Company. He was apprenticed to John Seller and worked from a number of London addresses in the early years of the eighteenth century. “In partnership at various times with Jeremiah Seller, John Senex, John Maxwell and George Wildey. He was a debtor in Fleet Street Prison at the end of 1731 possibly until his death [c.1733]” (Tooley). Price apparently planned to published a maritime atlas covering the whole world, but the venture was not a success and was never completed. The British Library contains an untitled atlas containing sea charts of Britain and Europe, with this chart being the only non-European chart. After Price’s death the plates passed to Mount & Page, who added their names lower right. This map was from the fourth book of Seller’s English Pilot. It was the first wholly English atlas of American waters, and one of five books of The English Pilot.

Size: 590 x 465 mm. Uncoloured copper engraving. Trimmed a little tight at the top and bottom margins, but a nice clean copy.

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