Chart of the Harbour of Vera Cruz.
1809 (dated) 8.5 x 11.75 in (21.59 x 29.845 cm)
A fine 1809 nautical chart of the Harbor of Veracruz, Mexico by the American nautical chart publisher Eli Blunt. This map identifies the Reef of the Gallician, Island of Sacrifices, Green Island, Whitish Island, river and bay of Vergara, along with the fort of San Juan de Ulua and the city of Veracruz. Includes some depth soundings and relief shown by hachures. Issued in the 1809 edition of Blunt's American Coast Pilot.
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, 1809.
Very Good. Original fold lines. Text on verso. Else clean.