Rare miniature chart of Trapani, Sicily, published by William Heather in London.
The chart differentiates a number of important local features such as salt pits, fishing huts, Old Trapano, the fortifications of the city, etc.
The chart appeared in Heather's The New Mediterranean Pilot . . . , published in London in 1802.
The charts from Heather's New Mediterranean Pilot . . . are extremely rare on the market. This is the first example of the chart we have ever seen.
Individual maps of Trapani are extremely rare.
This small chart comes from the first English attempt at a collection of ports of the Mediterranean, although the genre was well established in France, Italy, and Spain already. The first was published by Joseph Roux in Marseilles in 1764, with versions published in several Italian port cities.
The French and Italian versions were of relatively crude execution, but Heather’s version is notable for the finely engraved charts, many signed in monogram by the London engraver John Stephenson.