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Blue Back Sea Chart of North Carolina to Long Island

Nice example of Edmund Blunt's chart of the central portion of the coastline of the United States, from Cape Hatteras to Long Island.

Blunt's chart was one of the most commercially successful and enduring American Sea charts issued in the first half the 19th Century. By this point in time, Blunt had become the dominant American chartmaker, and the technical precision of his work was beginning to rival the best English chartmakers.

Oriented with west at the top, the map is centered on Chesapeake Bay and its tributary Rivers, with lighthouses identified with yellow and red dots. This is the second section of 4-sheet engraved nautical chart, which extended ultimately from Florida to New England. Relief shown by hachures; depths shown by soundings. Light house coloring added by hand in yellow. Includes dedication to Saml. L. Southard, Secy. of the U.S. Navy.

This chart would be re-issued into the 1850s, with the title relocated to the location of the dedication of this earlier edition of the chart.

Condition Description
Blue backed chart.