Rare Revolutionary War chart of Charleston Harbor, based on Sayer & Bennett's rare plan.
The chart illustrates the entrance to the Charles River and Charlestown, on the eve of the Revolution. Oriented with north to the right, the detailed map presents soundings, currents, anchorages, shoals and banks, navigational hazards, and the lighthouse and beacon. Along the shore are pictorial depictions of grand plantation homes, Forts Sullivan and Johnson, and the village of Charleston huddled around two churches. This French edition was redesigned to eliminate the references to Peter Parker's battle at Fort Sulivan, but adds sailing directions not included in the English edition. Includes the names of several land owners and a host of other local details.
The map is quite rare on the market, with only one prior offering in a dealer catalogue in the past 25 years (Arkway 2000).