The English Pilot.
In 1669, John Seller announced the plan for a complete navigation work: The English pilot. In 1671 the first book o n the “Northern” coasts is already out, and he is working on all the other books simultaneously and has apparently printed twelve pages of the fourth book.
In 1679, Seller's stock of, and rights in, the work were turned over to William Fisher.
Using the original sheets, Fisher and cartographer John Thornton completed the work for a first publication of the fourth book in 1689.
Thornton went into partnership with Richard Mount to produce subsequent editions in 1698 and 1706. Beginning in 1707, Mount carried on with Thomas Page, and they and their descendants, in various combinations as the partnership evolved, continued to publish the work in London until 1794.
In all there were 37 editions issued from London.
A new and accurate chart of Cuba, Streights of Bahama, …
This rather large map (25 1/2" X 18 1/4") has a convoluted genesis.
The 1689 edition of The Fourth Book showed as chart 13 a map generally attributed to Thornton (A chart of the island Cuba,…) depicting the exact same area.
In 1733, famous mapmaker Henry Popple improved on the delineation and added many details.
In 1740, another noted cartographer, Thomas Kitchin added the Havana inset, reduced its size in half, and renamed it "A new chart of the seas surrounding the Island of Cuba…".
Towards 1760, Mount & Page ordered this same map to be expanded to its original size, changed the title again and inserted it in the Fourth Book to replace the original Thornton design.
The present item seems to have been printed for the 1764 (or possibly the 1763) issue of the work.
- the track of the Spanish galleons departing from La Havana for Spain
- the track of the English ships heading for London from Kingston
- Port Royal is still clearly mentioned even though it had been completely destroyed by a 1692 earthquake.
- the fantasy coast line and the mountain ranges rof Southern Florida.
-the poor knowledge of the interior of Cuba (The English occupied only the Havana area for only one year before retro-ceding it to Spain at the 1763 Treaty of Paris).
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