1840 Black Map of West Indies

West Indies.

1840 Black Map of West Indies


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West Indies.
  1840 (undated)    11.5 x 16 in (29.21 x 40.64 cm)


A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of West Indies. Centered on Hispaniola, the map covers the Caribbean from Florida to Venezuela and from Yucatan to the Lesser Antilles and Barbados. It includes the Bahamans, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Santo Domingo (Hispaniola), Porto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward and Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. It also shows parts of Guatemala, Venezuela and the Isthmus of Panama. The map also marks the Mosquito Gulf or the Bay of Mosquitoes, which is a corruption of the Moskito, its indigenous tribal inhabitants. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.


Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.


Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.    


Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.


Philips (atlases) 4334.