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West Coast of South America from Valparaiso to Truxillo.

  • ARTIST: James Imray

  • PUBLISHER: London Published by James Imray & Son, 89 Minories and Tower Hill.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving

    DATE: 1874

  • EDITION SIZE: 40 1/4 x 74 1/8" plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: A scarce large scale, three-sheet, blue-backed chart. This chart shows west caost of South America from Bucalamo Point northward to Truxello. There are twenty eight inset charts including Valparaiso, Papudo, Coquimbo, Huasco, Cobija, Ylo, Independencia Bay, Ilay, Chancay, Huacho, Pisco Bay and Callo (Lima). To the right of the title cartouche is a shield shaped stamp advertisement for: Charles Page Chronometer Maker 418 Battery St. San Francisco, Cal.” There is also a manuscript a notation naming the bark Jos. A. Wight of Boston, likely the ship that this chart was used on. Working sea charts are inherently rare due to the nature of their use aboard ships. Although likely common when first made, the vast majority of them were either destroyed by use or destroyed intentionally when new updated versions were obtained. We have no records of ever seeing this chart before. James Imray, 1803-1870. Imray originally was in the stationary and account book publishing business. In 1836 Imray joined with Michael Blachford, a small sea chart publisher based in London. The partnership flourished and soon began to compete with the larger firm of Norie and Wilson. In 1846 Imray bought out Blachford, taking over as sole proprietor. The firm later, led by descendents, survived into the 20th century.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for some minor tattering along the sheet edges Original color red & yellow on lighthouses and channel markers.