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LEARD, John
Leard's Pilot for Jamaica and the Windward Passages,
Tower Hill,: Mount and Davidson, & W. Faden,, 1793. surveyed by order of Vice Admiral Affleck, and Published by Permission of The right Honorable the Lords of the Admiralty. June, 1793 Folio (584 by 420mm). Letterpress title and contents leaf listing 15 charts laid down on front cover. 14 engraved charts, of which 5 are double-page and or folding (without map V, first chart with short marginal tear, others with pale waterstain to lower margin crossing into the image). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled paper boards, printed paper label on the front cover (extremities worn, hinges weak). Leard’s very rare atlas of the detailed charts of the Jamaican costline and surrounding waters, with only one complete example known, in the Library of Congress, without the title-page. This extensive maritime survey of Jamaica, was commissioned by Philip Affleck (died 1799), and he published and equally rare 115-page text to accompany the charts: “Sailing directions for the island of Jamaica and St. Domingue, or Hispaniola, and the windward passages; to be used with the charts and plans that are published from surveys and observations made by order of Philip Affleck.... in part of the years 1789, 1790, 1791, and part of 1792 ... prepared with the assistance of Leard in 1792”, printed in London by Daniel Bond. Affleck spent many years stationed in the West Indies, defending the English interests there against the French. Initially dispatched to reinforce Sir George Rodney during the Anglo-French War in the spring of 1780, Affleck distinguished himself in the Battle of the Saintes, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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