Rare Separately Issued Faden Map of the Caribbean &c.
Detailed large format chart of the West Indies, Florida, Honduras, Nicaragua, Coast Rica, Panama and the Bahamas drawn by Louis Stanislas Delarochette, and published by William Faden in 1796.
Delarochette, who was active between about 1753 and 1808, was the leading cartographer employed by Faden in the period 1780 to 1808 and produced many important maps and charts for him. William Faden was the most active and important British map publisher of the period between 1773 and 1823, honored by being appointed Geographer to King George III in 1783.
A separately published example of this map was sold at auction by Swann Galleries in the Mark Babinski Collection - Sale 2060 - December 8, 2005, for $2,350.
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.