Striking sea chart showing all the Azores islands with currents, rumb lines, anchorages, etc, from Jefferys West India Atlas.
Fine nautical chart showing all the islands with currents, rhumb lines, anchorages, etc. Relief is shown by hachures. Includes 6 coastal profiles and inset maps: The road of Rayal with Porto Pin in the Island of Fayal; The Roads of Punta Delgada and Villa Franca in the Isle of S. Miguel.
Also includes an inset Chart of the Acores Islands, drawn from new observations by Monsr. d'Eveux de Fleurieu, officer in the French Navy, and published in 1772, by order of the French government. The last with coastal profile and inset map of the Southern Coast of Terceira. The title cartouche incorporates a fine compass rose.
Richard Holmes Laurie (1777-1858) was the son of mezzotint engraver Robert Laurie, who had taken over Robert Sayer's publishing house with James Whittle in 1794. Richard Holmes Laurie joined in a partnership with Whittle when his father retired in 1812. The name of the firm then switched from Laurie & Whittle to Whittle & Laurie. Whittle died in 1818, leaving Richard Holmes to continue publishing alone as R. H. Laurie.
When the Hydrographic Office opened in 1795, it was tasked with creating and producing all the nautical charts for the Royal Navy so as to wean the Navy off dependence on foreign charts. By the 1820s, private publishers were augmenting HO charts and competing with them, including Richard Holmes Laurie. Richard gave up publishing anything except nautical materials by 1830. He also sold charts to Trinity House, the lighthouse and maritime safety fraternity. He died in 1858.
The firm continued to print under the name R.H. Laurie even after 1858. Later, the firm was managed by Laurie’s draughtsman, Alexander George Findlay, and, later, Daniel and William Kettle.
James Whittle (1757-1818) was a British engraver and map printer. Whittle was employed by Robert Sayer (ca. 1725-1794). Together with Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), he took on Sayer’s business when the older man died in 1794. The two traded together as Laurie & Whittle until 1812, when Laurie retired. They had specialized in sea charts and maritime atlases. Whittle then partnered with Laurie’s son, Richard Holmes Laurie, until he died in 1818.