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BRITISH ADMIRALTY.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS / CHARLOTTE AMALIA HARBOR / JEWS IN THE WEST INDIES: West Indies – Virgin Islands. Harbour of St. Thomas surveyed by Lieut. G. B. Lawrence, R.N. 1851 Corrections by Captain Nares, H.M.S. Challenger, 1873.
London: Admiralty Hydrographic Office, 1912. An attractive large format sea chart of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, predicated upon detailed surveys made by Britain’s Royal Navy in 1851, but here updated to 1912, only five years before the Danish Virgin Islands were sold to the United States, featuring a wealth of details on the town and its environs including major public institutions, Jewish sites and sugar plantations (with slaves’ quarters). Zincograph, with some navigational markers heightened in orange and yellow, rolled (Very Good, overall clean and bright, just a small closed tear in righthand blank margin), 68.5 x 99 cm (27 x 39 inches). This is one of the seminal historical maps of Charlotte Amalia, on the island of St. Thomas, the capital of the Danish Virgin Islands (today the U.S. Virgin Islands). It is predicated upon a systematic trigonometric survey made by Lieutenant G.B. Lawrence of Britain’s Royal Navy in 1851, with the first edition of the chart being published in 1853. The map was considered to be so proficient that it was reissued in updated editions for decades, with the present issue coming out in 1912, only five years before the Danes sold their share of the Virgin Islands to the United States. The chart maps the harbour in great detail, featuring copious bathymetric soundings, the marking of lighthouses and hazards, and tracing its complex shorelines, with its several islands and coves. The town of Charlotte Amalia, centred around the old ‘Christians Fort’ appears in the upper centre of the map, with all of its streets delinea … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariat Dasa Pahor [München, Germany]
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