This is Jefferys’s magnificent large sea chart which details the land and sea from west of the Mississippi delta to the Bahamas and from the Northern coast of Florida to near its Southern tip. It is believed to be the earliest obtainable large format English map dedicated to Florida and the eastern Gulf Coast and is one of the most important maps of Florida. It is a relatively accurate map of the region. Great deal of hydrographic detail of the coastline and the channels are provided, with focus on harbors, bays, river entrances, soundings, shoals, and currents. The interior is less detailed; however, rivers, lakes, ranges (with the inaccurate one as a ‘spine’ to Florida) and forts and settlements like New Orleans and St. Augustine are shown. This maps adds extra charm through the dramatic compass rose, rhumb lines, and sailing ships marking " from la Vera Cruz to Havanna to avoid the Trade Winds." This two-sheet map, joining two double pages, is part of the sixteen-sheet map. Sheet number DG.4 printed at upper right. This is the Laurie & Whittle updated 1794 edition, from Jeffreys's West India Atlas.
1775 Jefferys Map of Coast of Florida, Louisiana and Bahamas
The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana [in set with] The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida, or New Bahama Channel, with the Bahama Islands
Map Maker Specifics
T Jefferys, 1775 (1794), London
19 x 48.8 in. plus margins
Excellent. Clear, crisp image, uncolored. Very slight marginal toning. Expertly joined sheets.