JEFFERYS, Thomas (1719-1771). The West-India Atlas: or, A Compendious Description of the West-Indies...London: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, 1775.

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JEFFERYS, Thomas (1719-1771). The West-India Atlas: or, A Compendious Description of the West-Indies: illustrated with Forty Correct Charts and Maps, taken from Actual Surveys. Together with An Historical Account of the Several Countries and Islands which compose that part of the world. Their Discovery, Situation, Extent, Boundaries, Product, Trade, Inhabitants, Strength, Government, Religion, &c. London: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, 1775.

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Folio (21 4/8 x 15 4/8 inches). Magnificent additional double-page engraved title-page, three engraved vignettes, 36 exceptionally fine and beautiful double-page engraved maps and 3 full-page, all very detailed, some with insets and coastal profiles, and variously decorated with galleons in full sail, compass roses, and rhumb lines. 19th-century half tan calf, marbled paper boards (spine a little faded, some minor shelfwear).

A Chart of the British Channel; Comprehending the Southern Coasts of England and Wales: with the Coast of France, from Dunkirk to the River of Nantes. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

A Chart of the Atlantic Ocean: I. Sheet. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775.

Chart of the Acores (Hawks) Islands, called also Flemish and Western Islands from Mr. D'Anville with several Additions. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775. With 3 insets of the Road of Fayal with Porto Pin, A Chart of the Acores Islands,..., The Roads of Punta Delgada and Villa Franca. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775.

A Chart of the Maderas and Canary Islands. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

Full-page map of the Cape Verde Islands, with 2 insets of Prayer Bay, The Cape Verd Islands. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Bermudas of Summer Islands, from a Survey by C. Lempriere Regulated by Astronomical Observations. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

An Index Map to the Following Sixteen Sheets being a Compleat Chart of the West Indies, with Letters in the Margin, to direct the placing the different Sheets in their proper Places. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Western Coast of Louisiana and the Coast of New Leo. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana. No imprint

The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of Mexico from Laguna de Esmotes to Punta Brava. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of Yucatan from Campeche to Bahia del Ascension; with the West End of Cuba. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Island of Cuba with part of the Bahama Banks & the Martyrs. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Windward Passage, with the several Passages, from the East End of Cuba, and the North part of St. Domingo. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of New Spain from Neuva Vera Cruz to Triste Island. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Bay of Honduras. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Island of Jamaica and Cape Gracias a Dios with the Banks. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

South part of St. Domingo, of Hispaniola. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Caribee Islands, The Virgin Islands, and the Isle of Porto Rico. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

Part of the Provinces of Costa-Rica and Nicaragua with the Lagunas. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Isthmus of Panama with the Coast from Great River on the Mosquito Shore to Cartegena. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of Tierra Firma from Cartagena to Golfo Triste. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

The Coast of Caracas, Cumana, Paria and the Mouths of Rio Orinoco, with the Islands of Trinidad, Margarita, Tobago, Granada, St. Vincent &c. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Fed.y, 1775

Jamaica from the latest surveys. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775. With 2 insets of The Harbour of Bluefields, The Harbours of Kingston and Port Royal. 

Ruatan or Ratan, surveyed by Lieutenant Henry Barnsley, with improvements. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775. With 2 insets of Old Providence and Sta Catalina, New Port-Royal Harbour as Surveyed by Lieutenant Barnsley.

The Virgin Islands from English and Danish Surveys. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775. 

St. Christophers, or St. Kitts, surveyed by Anthony Ravell esq., London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775. With an inset of Nevis.

Antigua, surveyed by Robert Baker, Surveyor General of that Island. No imprint. With an inset of English Harbour.

Guadeloupe, Done from Actual Surveys and Observations of the English, whilst the Island was in their Possession. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775.

Dominica from an Actual Survey Compleated in the Year 1773. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

Martinico, Done from Actual Surveys and Observations, made by English Engineers whilst the Island was in the Possession. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775. With and inset of Cul de Sac Royal.

St. Lucia; Done from Surveys and Observations made by the English whilst in their Possession. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775. With an inset Plan of the Carenage.

Barbadoes, surveyed by William Mayo. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

St. Vincent from an Actual Survey made in the Year 1775 after the Treaty with the Caribs. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775.

Full-page map of Bequia of Becouya, the Northernmost of the Granadilles, Surveyed in 1763. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775.

Carte de L'Isle de la Grenade cedee a la Grande Bretagne Par le dernier Traite de Paix - Grenada Divided into its Parishes, surveyed by Order of His Excellency Governor Scott. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20th Feb.y, 1775

Tobago from Actual Surveys and Observations. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775. With 2 insets of A Survey of Great and Little Courland Bays by David Ross, Man of War Bay. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

Full-page map of Turks Islands, from a Survey made in 1753, by the Stoops l'Aigle and l'Emeraude, by order of the French Governor of Hispaniola, with imptovements from Observations made in 1770 in the St. Edward Hawke Kings Schooner. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775

Curacao, from The Dutch Originals of Gerard Van Keulen, Regulated by Astronomical Observations. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775. With an inset Plan of Fort Amsterdam. London: Rob.t Sayer, 20 Feb.y, 1775.

 

 "THIS WORK WILL NOT ONLY BE FOUND EXTREMELY USEFUL, BUT ALSO ENTERTAINING" (Jefferys).

First edition, published posthumously, but at least ten years in the making. Jefferys first announced "The West-India Atlas" in his advertising for "A Description of the Spanish Islands and Settlements of the Coast of the West Indies", 1772, and is a companion for his celebrated "American Atlas", also published by Sayer and Bennett in 1775. 

Combining both the elements of an atlas and a pilot with both geographic and hydrographic information, the current work superseded all that had proceeded it (of which a lengthy description is provided in the introduction) in the accuracy, depth and breadth of information provided. The maps include those for the individual islands, including Cuba, as well as those for the coasts of Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Mexico.

Thomas Jefferys published some of "the most important eighteenth-century maps of the Americas, a series given cohesion and impetus by the preliminary hostilities and eventual outbreak of the Seven Years' War. Among many individual works of note were Joshua Fry's and Peter Jefferson's 1751 survey of Virginia, engraved and published by Jefferys in 1753, and Joseph Blanchard's and Samuel Langdon's New Hampshire (1761), the first published map of the state. The culmination of this concentration of work was the atlas published in association with Robert Sayer as A General Topography of North America in 1768. Posthumous collections were published by Sayer in 1775 as The American Atlas, The North-American Pilot, including important charts by James Cook, and The West-India Atlas, for which a collection of working drafts survives in the British Library (BL Maps 188.o.2).

"Jefferys's status was underlined by his publication of many of the key geographical texts of the period. His The Conduct of the French, with Regard to Nova Scotia of 1754 lays the ground for British claims, evincing detailed knowledge of the ‘geographical slight of hand’ of recent French maps (p. 52). Jefferys also published the London edition of The Journal of Major George Washington (1755) and, among many substantial works, A Description of the Spanish Islands … of the West Indies (1762), with charts based on captured Spanish originals. The end of hostilities saw a shift of emphasis to more domestic mapping and Jefferys was the engraver of the map of Devon (1765) by Benjamin Donn that gained the first award made by the Society of Arts in its effort to improve technical standards of large-scale county mapping. Jefferys's contribution in this area was considerable, with his own large-scale surveys of six counties.

"Jefferys was appointed geographer to George III in December 1760. His apprentices and assistants included Isaac Taylor, John Ainslie, John Spilsbury, Thomas Donald, and John Lodge. Aside from his own publications he produced many maps for the books and magazines of the period, as well as a wide range of other engraved material, including some early geographical board games. He stocked a large selection of prints and was also a major importer of the best and most recent maps from overseas. As the leading map supplier of his day he was a principal figure in the emergence of London as an international centre of cartographic enterprise" (Laurence Worms for DNB). Philips 2699; Sabin 35970.