A NEW & CORRECT MAP OF THE TRADING PART OF THE WEST INDIES, INCLUDING THE SEAT OF WAR BETWEEN GR. BRITAIN AND SPAIN; LIKEWISE THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN AMERICA, WITH THE FRENCH AND SPANISH SETTLEMENTS ADJACENT THERETO; . . .

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Henry Overton

Artist's Biography

A New & Correct Map of the Trading Part of the West Indies, including the Seat of War between Gr. Britain and Spain; Likewise the British Empire in America, with the French and Spanish Settlements adjacent thereto; . . .

Copper plate engraving, 1741, (1745).
Image size 21 3/4 x 39 1/4" (55.2 x 99.7 cm) plus margins.
Good condition, save for splitting and some minor loss along left fold line. Small hooked tear in lower left portion of image just below Central America. and small loss of paper in lower margin outside of the neat line. Professionally restored. Original outline handcoloring within the map image.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 37178
Price: $22,500.00
Publisher : Printed for and sold by Henry Overton at the White Horse without Newgate, London.
The title continues with "Adorn'd with Prospects of ye. most considerable Towns, Ports, Harbours &c. therein contain'd from the latest & best Observations. 1745. Dedicated to the Honble. Edward Vernon Esqr. Vice Admiral of the Blue and Commander in chief of all his Maj.s. Ships in the West Indies, by H. O. "

This map is made up of four copper plates, two for the map and two outer panels each made up of five views.

The views on the left panel are: “Havana, a famous Sea Port in the Isle of Cuba....”; “Panama, a City & Sea Port in N. America 'tis the treasury of ye Gold & Silver of Peru”; “Porto Rico, a City in N. America at the W. end of an Island of ye same name subject to the K. of Spain”; “Cartagena, a famous City in North America subject to the King of Spain”; “Porto Bello, a City & Sea Port in N. America taken by Ad. Vernon on 22d. Novr. 1739, about 20 Leagues from Panama.”

The views on the right panel are: “Boston a Town in N. America in N. England & ye Plantation subject to ye King of England”; “New York a City in N. America inhabited by English and Dutch subject to the K. of England”; “Mexico a Great City in N. America ye Capital of N. Spain...”; “Vera Cruz a Sea Port Town in New Spain upon the Bay of Mexico subject to the K. of Spain,...”; and “Chagre, a town in the W. Indies subject to the K. of Spain taken by Ad. Vernon on 29th March 1740.”

There are two known states of this map with the first being issued in 1741. This map was likely made by Overton to celebrate the early victories of Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon over Spain in the war known as the "War of Jenkins' Ear." This war lasted between 1739-1743 and started off well for British bringing acclaim to Vernon. The lower right and left images on the map, Porto Bello and Chagre depict the two major victories.

This map or perhaps Admiral Vernon can claim an interesting footnote in American History. Many American colonists took part in this war including a young officer named Lawrence Washington. Lawrence was so impressed with the Admiral that he named his ancestral home in Virginia after him, thus the name Mount Vernon. Lawrence Washington did not have any descendants and the home eventually passed to his half-brother, George Washington.

The addition of a portrait of Admiral Vernon above the title cartouche. This circular area is blank in the first state.

Henry Overton took over his fathers map business in 1707 and issued a wide range of maps until 1749. His work generally was issued separately as in the case of this map. Very few impressions of this map are known to exist. This author only knows of two other examples having been offer in the past twenty years. One example of this state is in a private collection and an example of the first state is in the New York Public Library. It is a rare map in any state.
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