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Antique Map Illustrating the regions covered by the Triangle Trade

Scarce edition of Seller & Price's chart of the Atlantic, illustrating the Triangle Trade, originally engraved by Herman Moll. 

A chart of the North Atlantic, showing from the British Isles top right, south to Elmina region in Ghana (F. Del Mine), across the Atlantic to Salvador in Brazil and north to Hudson's Bay and Labrador.

The chart depicts the region covered by the famous trade triangle of the British slavers, who took British-manufactured goods including rum and textiles to Africa, bartered them for slaves to transport to the Americas, where they exchanged them for the sugar, cotton and tobacco that they supplied to the factories of Britain.

The map is based on the work of Edward Wright (c.1561-1615), the English mathematician who corrected Mercator's Projection and wrote the first practical guide to its use on sea charts. These advances allowed British traders to be more efficient on their voyages. Part of this guide is reproduced in a text box on the right of this chart.

This is the second state, with the Seller & Price imprint removed, circa 1716.

Charles Price Biography

Charles Price (1679?-1733) was an engraver, instrument maker, and mapseller.

Price had been apprenticed to John Seller, famous mapmaker and father to Charles’ business partner, Jeremiah. In fact, Jeremiah and Charles were made free of the Merchant Taylors Guild on the same day, September 1, 1703. The two were already working together by then.

After breaking off with Seller, Price worked with John Senex (1705-10) and George Wildey (1710-13). He was still working in the 1720s, but was in Fleet Prison in 1731 for debt and died two years later.

He is known to have published in 1732  his Atlas Maritimus or, a new Sea Atlas . . .  This work contains maps dated 1728 and 1731.  We locate at single example (Bancroft Library - 30 maps) and we acquired an example in 2018 (25 maps).  It is quite likely that the work was an unfinished composite, as a number of the maps have blank spaces in the titles, in anticipation of dedicatees that were apparently never obtained.  The atlas was known to have been started, but not completed, as noted by Tony Campbell in the British Library Journal, recording the acquisition by the British Library of an untitled collection of charts by Price:

Price, Charles. [A set of English charts of the coasts of the British Isles and Europe, together with Hispaniola, engraved by Charles Price.] London: Charles Price , IV.1730].

Twenty-one charts, 50 cm.

An unrecorded collection without title-page, with a note on one chart announcing the author's intention of publishing 'a Compleat Sea Atlas', to remedy 'the Great want of a good sett of Sea Charts now extant in Great Britain (excepting for our own Coasts)'. The project proceeded no further.

By 1731 Price had to sell off his charts cheaply, and he ended the year in the Fleet Prison. Many of the charts are based on those of Greenville Collins and most are dated 1729 or 1730.

The named collaborators were teachers of mathematics, or, like Price, mathematical instrument makers.

Maps C.8.b.i

Jeremiah Seller Biography

Jeremiah Seller (1671-?) was the second son of prominent London mapmaker John Seller. He inherited two-thirds of the business upon his father’s death in 1697. From 1700-5 Seller worked in partnership with Charles Price. In 1705, Jeremiah lost the family contract to supply instruments to the Royal Navy, which led to the dissolution of his partnership with Price. Seller left the map trade in that year, passing his stock to Richard Mount and Thomas Page.