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Fine Pair of Charts of Amelia Island
Of the Revolutionary War Period
Amelia Island /Florida.
LE ROUGE, G. L. [Paris, 1778]
Isle Amelia en Floride/ Port et Barre D’Amelia de la Floride Orientale. .
Two large folio maps, 19 ¾ x 23 ½ inches and 21 ¼ x 15 ½ inches respectively. Fine condition.
A superb pair of scarce navigational charts of Amelia Island and the entrances to the Nassau, Amelia, and St. Mary Rivers. Published the year the French allied themselves with the American cause, these excellent charts were intended primarily for the use of the French Navy. The larger, general chart shows the whole of the island along with two insets that provide soundings for the approaches to the Nassau River in the south and the St. Mary in the north. The second chart narrows the focus to the mouth of the St. Mary River, with detailed information about the local plantations both on the island and the mainland. Both charts provide excellent navigational information that includes the shipping channels, landmarks and sighting lines for establishing position, depths, and shoals.
Georges-Louis Le Rouge (c. 1712-c. 1790) was the most prolific publisher of maps and charts of North America during the period of the American Revolution. He published both an atlas of charts, in which the present work appeared—the Neptune Americo-Septentrional—and the Atlas Ameriquain Septentrional, also in 1778, described as “the best collection of French maps for North America during the Revolutionary War” (Cobb, Krieger). A former German military officer, Le Rouge established a successful map business in Paris and attained the title of “Ingenieur Geographe du Roi.”