1844 Blunt Map or Chart of Gulf Coast from Mississippi River Delta to St. Marks, Florida
Description: An extremely scarce 1865 nautical chart or maritime map of the Gulf Coast by e and G. W. Blunt. This map, though titled ‘From St. Marks to Galveston’ in fact only follows the coast from St. Marks to the Delta of the Mississippi River – suggesting that a companion piece may have been planned for future updates. The Blunts first issued this chart in 1842 with several updated editions following – the present example being the 1865 edition. The map offers excellent coastal detail and countless depth soundings throughout. A detailed inset in the upper right quadrant focuses on the ‘Bar and entrance of Mobile Bay’. A fine and scarce example of this beautiful nautical chart.
Date: 1865 (dated)
Cartographer: Published by E. & G.W. Blunt 179 Water Street, New York. Edmund March Blunt was a bookseller and in Newburyport Massachusetts who sold his merchandise at a bookshop called "The Sign of the Bible". In 1796, along with the nominal assistance of prominent navigator Captain Lawrence Furlong, Blunt published The American Coast Pilot, one of the most important published works on American navigation. Though much of the work was plagiarized from British publications, the "Pilot" was an immediate popular success. In response to the popularity of his work, Blunt published 21 subsequent editions of the "Coast Pilot". The first edition to contain map plates was printed in 1804. After a terrible fire at "The Sign of the Bible" in 1811, Blunt moved his business to New York and published under the "Sign of the Quadrant". In time his son, Edmond Jr. took over the family business and, in 1830, accepted a position under Hassler at the United States Office of the Coast Survey. Much of Blunt's original work eventually found its way into U.S. Coast Survey Publications. Due to the quality and detail of Blunt's work subsequent editions of his most important charts were republished will into the 1880s. Click here for a list of rare maps from E. & G.W. Blunt.
Size: Printed area measures 26 in height x 41.5 inches in width (66.04 x 105.41 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Some warping and minor discolorations.
Code: StMarkstoMississippi-blunt-1865 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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