1861 Blunt Blueback Nautical Chart or Map of Florida, Carolina, Virginia, and Cuba
[Chesapeake Bay to Cuba]
1861 (dated) 31 x 96 in (78.74 x 243.84 cm)
A massive four panel 1861 edmund Blunt blueback nautical chart or maritime map covering the southeastern coast of the United States from the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and Cuba, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia coasts. This highly detailed chart is a fine example of Blunt's work offering limited inland detail but a wealth of nautical information including countless depth soundings, light houses, shore lines, river soundings, shipping lanes, and other practical information for the mariner. Though mostly focused on the southeastern United States, the leftmost map or southern sheet, extends to cover Cuba and offers an excellent inset of Havana. The two left panels are dated and bear the e. & G.W. Blunt imprint.
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 son, Edmond Jr., took over the family business and, in 1830, 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.
Good condition. Four sheets joined and backed with blue paper. Some color disparity between panels. Some warping where panels were joined. Leftmost panel exhibits some water damage in upper quadrants. A couple of pencil marks relating to navigational use.