“THE FIRST LARGE-SCALE MAP OF JAMAICA” - KAPP
A New Map of Jamaica, In which the Several Towns, Forts, and Settlements are accurately laid down … the Greatest part drawn or corrected from actual surveys made by Mr. Sheffield and others, from the year 1730 to the year 1749. [Below cartouche:] Printed for & sold by John Bowles in Cornhil and Carrington Bowles in St. Pauls Churchyard.” [At lower center:] “Published according to Act of Parliament 1755.” Inset: “A General Plan of Port Royal.”
Wall map on three assembled sheets, that measures 29 x 54”. Period outline color. Some original outline color. First State.
The first state of “The first large-scale map of Jamaica” (Kapp.) A second state, with the imprint of Carington Bowles and Robert Wilkinson was published in 1790. Locates “Gentleman’s Seats, sugar works, churches, taverns, “crawls”, “ginger, coffee, and indigo settlements”, barracks, etc. The large inset shows both the portion of Port Royal destroyed in the earthquake of 1692, and that part which was still standing. Twenty-four sites in the town are identified by key.
Sellers & Van Ee, 1916; Kapp, “The Printed Maps of Jamaica up to 1825,” (MCS 42), 71, plate 25. Not in National Maritime Museum Catalogue.
Inventory No. 7993