DES BARRES, JOSEPH FREDERICK WALLET. The Coast of New England. Large engraved chart on two sheets of laid paper, joined, each bearing "LVG" watermark. 43 1/4x30 1/4 inches sheet size, ample margins; minor foxing, light mounting tape discoloration in margins, few tiny edge flaws. [London:] J.F.W. Des Barres, April 24, 1776
Estimate $8,000 - 12,000
Published in Des Barres' Atlantic Neptune during the Revolutionary War period, this chart is remarkably accurate for its time. Compiled from surveys supervised by Samuel Holland, the chart provides an excellent coastal view of New England's Atlantic seaboard from Narragansett Bay to Passamaquoddy Bay. The shorelines of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston Harbor, and Mt. Desert Island are the key hydrographical locations, while hints of inland information are conveyed as well, such as the White Hills, Lake Winnipesaukee, the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. The map is nicely balanced with a large blocked title in the lower right quadrant and centrally radiating rhumb lines. Stevens 83E, state 5 (of 8).