Map of Nassau Showing the Principal Public Buildings, made from the latest Surveys in the Surveyor General's Office to 1891.
1891 (dated) 6.5 x 20.25 in (16.51 x 51.435 cm)
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This is an 1891 James Henry Stark city map or plan of Nassau, The Bahamas. The map depicts the city from Nassau Street to Armstrong Street and from the harbor to Fort Fincastle and Meeting Street. Highly detailed, myriad buildings throughout the city are illustrated, with two barracks, the ordnance yard, the navy yard, the cathedral, the library, and the Royal Victoria Hotel among those identified. Potter's Cemetery, the French consulate, the Government House, and the statue of Columbus are also noted. Every street is labeled, as is the parade ground. Depth soundings are noted in the harbor.
Publication History and CensusThis map was engraved by James Henry Stark for publication in the 1891 edition of his Stark's History and Guide to the Bahama Islands, Containing a Description of Everything on or about the Bahama Islands of which the Visitor or Resident May Desire Information.. This map is extremely scarce on the market, as we have been able to trace only one other example ever entering the private market, but the accompanying guide is well represented in institutional collections.
James Henry Stark (July 6, 1846 - August 30, 1919) was an American publisher active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stark was born in Mutcham, Surrey, England. As a young man in England he was raised by Thomas Cook, the famous English travel agent. He moved to the United States in 1856, when he was 9 or 10. In the United States, he studied at Hawes Grammar School in South Boston, and later attended the Lincoln School and the Boston Latin School. He began studying printing, particularly stereotyping and electrotyping, in 1864. In 1870 he established himself as a printer at the corner of Water and Congress Streets. He prospered until the Great Boston Fire of 1872, when his establishment burnt to the ground. After the fire, he turned his attention to yachting, suggesting access to considerable wealth, and sailed from Boston to the Caribbean and to South America, where he prospected for and discovered gold in Dutch Giana. He eventually returned to Boston, where he once again went into the printing business, establishing a stereotype and electrotype foundry at 1717 Devonshire Street. Stark partnered with William H. Mumler (1832 - 1884) in 1877 to found the Photo-Electrotype Company, one of the earliest American photolithography companies. Stark sold his shares of the company in 1900 and turned to Real Estate. Through his interest in Yachting and Caribbean travel, and possibly influenced by his connected to Thomas Cook, Start also had a successful business composing and writing guidebooks for various West India Islands. He also issued the Stranger's Guide to Boston.
Stark, J.H., Stark's History and Guide to the Bahama Islands, Containing a Description of Everything on or about the Bahama Islands of which the Visitor or Resident May Desire Information. (Boston: Photo-Electrotype Company) 1891.
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Blank on verso.