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Stock# 42155
Description

Scarce map of Guyana and contiguous regions, including insets of the Berbice River, Surinam River, Cayene and the entrance to the Essequebo and Demerari Rivers, along with a number of inset views.

This variant edition notes that it is "Approved by the Chart Comittee of the Admiralty."

Fine coastal chart of Guyana, with descriptions on how best to navigate along the coastal regions. Includes a note on how the sea changes color as progress is made away from the coast "the Water Changes to a Dirty White growing Browner and Thicker as you stand in".

Captain Edward Thompson was sent to Guyana to take control of the colonies of Demerara and Essequibo, after the English had taken the Colonies from the Dutch. After preparing as much of the defenses as he could with the resources at hand, he sailed back to England to protect a convoy of English merchants. However, while he was gone a French squadron captured the colonies, so he was subjected to a court martial for leaving his post without orders. In April 1782, Thompson was acquitted.

This map is dedicated to the Merchants of Barbadoes and Guyana.

Condition Description
Minor offsetting.
William Faden Biography

William Faden (1749-1836) was a prominent London mapmaker and publisher. He worked in close partnership with the prolific Thomas Jeffreys from 1773 to 1776. In 1783, Faden assumed ownership of the Jeffreys firm and was named Geographer to the King in the same year. Faden specialized in depictions of North America and also commanded a large stock of British county maps, which made him attractive as a partner to the Ordnance Survey; he published the first Ordnance map in 1801. The Admiralty also admired his work and acquired some of his plates which were re-issued as official naval charts. After retiring in 1823 the lucrative business passed to James Wyld, a former apprentice.