The Bay and River of Delaware.
1833 (dated) 8 x 9.5 in (20.32 x 24.13 cm)
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This is an attractive 1833 nautical chart or maritime map of the Delaware Bay by Edmund Blunt. It covers part of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, noting important towns along the bay, including Philadelphia. Oriented with north to the right, covers from Cape Henlopen and Cape May to Philadelphia. Shipping lines are also noted. The chart displays incredible detail with detailed coastal features and numerous depth soundings throughout. This map was engraved by Hooker Sc. for issue in the 11th edition of the American Coast Pilot published by Edmund and George W. Blunt in 1833.
Edmund March Blunt (June 20, 1770 - 1862) was an American navigator, bookseller, chartmaker, and cartographer based in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Blunt was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1770. 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. Although much of the work was plagiarized from British publications, the Coast Pilot was an immediate popular success. In response to the popularity of his work, Blunt published 21 subsequent editions, each with important updates and revisions. The first edition to contain map plates was printed in 1804. Following a fire that destroyed his offices at The Sign of the Bible in 1811, Blunt moved his business to New York and opened a new shop, The Sign of the Quadrant. In time his sons, Edmond Jr. (1799 - 1866) and George William (1802 - 1878), took over the family business, and renamed the firm E. and G. W. Blunt and published their own nautical books, charts,and instruments, as well as their father’s. In 1830, Edmund accepted a position under Ferdinand 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 well into the 1880s.
Blunt, E., American Coast Pilot (11th edition), 1833.
Very good. Original platemark visible. Minor foxing. Minor edge wear. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.