Caribbean & West Indies Bahama Islands John Thornton 1739

Catalog Number 51870
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John Thornton, William Fisher, John Seller (?)

Short Title:

A New Chart of the Bahama Islands

Full Title:

"A New Chart of the Bahama Islands And the Windward Passage, Sold by W. Mount and T. Page on Tower-hill London."


'The English Pilot. The fourth book. Describing the West "India navigation, from Hudson’s-Bay to the river Amazones...with many other things necessary to be known in navigation. The Whole being much enlarged and corrected with the additions of several new charts and descriptions, not published before this edition. By the information of divers able navigators of our own and other nations. London, for w. Mount & T. Page, 1737." John Seller, (1630-1697) was appointed 'Hydrographer to the King" in 1671. Seller is recognized for creating the first maritime atlas to compete seriously with the Dutch nautical map makers. Known as 'The English Pilot," Seller was only responsible for the first two volumes, 'Northern" and 'Southern," (1671-1672) due to financial difficulties. Thus, he included John Thornton, William Fisher, John Colson and James Atkinson in the project. John Thornton, (1641-1708) was appointed hydrographer to the Hudson’s Bay and East India Companies as well as to the King of England. He and William Fisher are credited with creating this featured map in, 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book," in 1689. William Fisher (d. 1692), joined Seller in 1677, with Seller’s interest being transferred to him by 1679. Later, Fisher provided the financial support while Thornton supplied the maps for the creation of the above featured book, 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book." Richard Mount, (1654-1722) apprenticed to Fisher in 1670, married his daughter, Sarah, in 1682, became a full partner, and later, owner of the firm. William Mount I (d.1769), the co-publisher of this map, apprenticed with his father, Richard Mount, in 1698, and later, became an active partner in the firm between 1712 and 1763, this map being printed in 1737. Thomas Page I (d.1733) also apprenticed to Richard Mount around 1700. Thomas Page II (d.1762), the co-publisher of this map, apprenticed to his father, Thomas Page I in 1718, and married Jane Mount in 1728.

Size of Map:

42.5 x 52.7cm. approximately (16.75 x 20.75 in.)


This hand-coloured map presents the West Indies, including The Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, The Windward Islands, as well as the Florida Peninsula and a small portion of Mexican shoreline, including 'Cozumul" Island. Major body of water identified includes the 'Gulf of Florida." Major cities are presented throughout in English or Spanish. Map orientation finds North at the top. Decorative hand-coloured cartouche in upper right corner presents the title with the publishers’ names below. A hand-coloured compass rose, with the Fleur-de-Lis, is located in the upper left corner next to Florida. Rhumb lines run throughout the entire map. The 'Tropic of Cancer" is identified. Latitudinal numbers are found along both side edges. No Longitudinal numbers are given. 'A Scale of 60 English Miles" is found in lower left corner. Fine textured cotton paper. Fold in centre. Provenance: brief description and old numbering system in pencil found on verso in lower right corner.


Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers Revised Edition Vol. (K - P) p..287, 373; Q-Z, p.143-145, 273; Phillips, 1157, No. 22.

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