A New and Correct Chart From the 63.° of Lat: N. to the Cape of Good Hope, and from the 71.° Long: W. to the 38° E. of London. Exhibiting the Whole of the Atlantic or Western Ocean, and the Greatest Part of the Ethiopic or Southern Ocean; wherein the Respective Coasts of Europe, Africa, and of America North and South, with all the Islands and Dangers in the Two Seas are carefully described.
1802 (dated) 58 x 41 in (147.32 x 104.14 cm)
1 : 9811000
A massive two part 1802 Laurie and Whittle maritime map or nautical chart of the Atlantic Ocean. The map is presented in two large panels which can be joined or displayed separately. The upper panel details the Atlantic from Greenland and the Davis Strait to the islands of Porto Rico and Santo Domingo, and from the American Coast in the vicinity of Cape Cod and Narragansett Bay to Italy and the Gulf of Venice. The southern sheet continues the map from the southern coasts of Santo Domingo to the Rio de La Plata and extends east ward as far as the Cape of Good Hope and False Bay. There are rhumb lines throughout as well as detailed depth soundings in the vicinity of the British Isles, the Grand Banks, the Buenos Aires, and the Bay of Biscay. There are additional annotations and profile charts of importance to mariners.
In addition, there are annotated routes of several voyages noted. Among these are two voyages under the Scottish slave trader Captain Archibald Dalzel. The first chronicles his 1784 voyage along the Middle Passage from the Congo to Brazil as captain of the 'St Ann.' The second, his 1787 voyage from Benin to Dominica in the West Indies as captain of the Liverpool ship 'Tartar.' Other voyages include that of the Eurydice of Captain Talbot, 1799, on which voyage a famous mutiny occurred, and the voyage of the 'Alfred' (1801-1802) to India.
There are two insets. One offers as 'Plan of Port Praya, in the south part of St. Yago one of the Cape Verd Islands' and details the deployment of ships on a naval batted between the English and French that occurred on 18th April, 1781. The second inset details the 'Coast of Brasil, From Cape Frio to Gavea', focusing on the entrance to the Bay of Rio de Janeiro. This inset also features a view of the entrance to the harbor, c. 1780.
Printed by Laurie and Whittle in 1802.
Laurie and Whittle (fl. 1794 - 1858) were London, England, based map and atlas publishers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Generally considered to be the successors to the Robert Sayer firm, Laurie and Whittle was founded by Robert Laurie (c. 1755 - 1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818). Robert Laurie was a skilled mezzotint engraver and is known to have worked with Robert Sayer on numerous projects. James Whittle was a well-known London socialite and print seller whose Fleet Street shop was a popular haunt for intellectual luminaries. The partnership began taking over the general management of Sayer's firm around 1787; however, they did not alter the Sayer imprint until after Sayer's death in 1794. Apparently Laurie did most of the work in managing the firm and hence his name appeared first in the "Laurie and Whittle" imprint. Together Laurie and Whittle published numerous maps and atlases, often bringing in other important cartographers of the day, including Kitchin, Faden, Jefferys and others to update and modify their existing Sayer plates. Robert Laurie retired in 1812, leaving the day to day management of the firm to his son, Richard Holmes Laurie (1777 - 1858). Under R. H. Laurie and James Whittle, the firm renamed itself "Whittle and Laurie". Whittle himself died in six years later in 1818, and thereafter the firm continued under the imprint of "R. H. Laurie". After R. H. Laurie's death the publishing house and its printing stock came under control of Alexander George Findlay, who had long been associated with Laurie and Whittle. Since, Laurie and Whittle has passed through numerous permeations, with part of the firm still extant as an English publisher of maritime or nautical charts, 'Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Ltd.' The firm remains the oldest surviving chart publisher in Europe.
Good. Minor fold creasing. Some soiling and offsetting. Verso repair and reinforcement along some original fold intersections. Printed on multiple panels joined by publisher into two large sheets. Size noted includes 2 sheets.