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State-of-the-Art, Working Chart for the Southeast Coast

Southern North Carolina to Northern Florida/ Charleston, SC. . BLUNT, E. & G. W./ BACHE, H. Maj./ HOOKER, W. [New York, 1842]
Untitled Nautical Chart with two inset charts: Charleston Harbour S.Ca…. and A Trigonometrical Survey of the entrance of St. John’s River…. 25 ½ x 37 inches
Mounted on white linen as issued; lighthouses in yellow hand color; some wear & staining but less than would be expected for its type; very good overall.

   $2,500


This was the best available navigational chart of this stretch of coastline of the Southeast at the time. It is very well detailed with depths, navigational hazards, and shallows given throughout; the locations of lighthouses have been dabbed with yellow hand color. The Blunt firm maintained a close relationship with the U. S. Coast Survey and other federal agencies involved in charting, as is evidenced by this work. The large excellent inset chart of Charleston Harbor at upper right was based on surveys conducted by Major Herman Bache of the U. S. Topographical Engineers, a part of the Army. The inset at lower left of the St. John’s River in Florida was based on U. S. Navy surveys. By and large, however, the Blunt firm conducted its own surveys, which would have been the source for the main chart of this work. Founded in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1796, the company dominated the American nautical chart and piloting book business through the first half of the 19th century. It began trading under the name E. & G. W. Blunt, as it is listed here, in about 1830. See Guthorn p. 9 regarding the dating of this chart.

Guthorn, P. J. U. S. Coastal Charts, pp. 9-11, 100.

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