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Publisher: SARTINE, A.
Title: Carte Reduite des Cotes Orientales De L'Amerique Septentrionale Contenant Partie du Nouveau Jersey, la Pen-sylvanie, le Mary-land, la Virginie. . .
Published: Paris (Depot General de la Marine), 1778

Size: 24.1 x 35.4 inches.
61.2 x 90.0 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Laid to a raised board (foam core); linen matting; smoothed central vertical fold line; full margins; light browning; minute stains; minor repair to bottom of centrefold.
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An important and fine American Revolutionary War chart of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast.

This large and highly detailed sea chart was issued by the French Dépôt de la Marine – the cartographic service of the navy – under Antoine de Sartine, when France entered the American War of Independence in the beginning of 1778, allying with the United States. It was intended for use aboard French vessels. Engraved by Petit, it was included in the 1778-1780 edition of the Neptune Amerique Septentrionale.

Showing much of the southeastern coast of the United States, the chart extends from Philadelphia and the Delaware Bay, in the north, to Amelia Island and the Nassau Sound, just south of the Georgia-Florida border. It provides excellent detail along the coast, particularly in Chesapeake Bay and around Cape Hatteras and the Pamlico Sound. Among other, features include soundings, currents, and navigational hazards.

Considering this is a nautical chart, the amount of inland detail provided is surprising. In addition to topographical features, such as rivers and mountains (with elevation shown through hatchuring), countless settlements, forts, towns, counties, roads, and churches (including denominations) are shown, extending west to the Appalachians. Locations of Native American tribes are captured, too, including Catawbaw Town, south of Charlotte (“Charlottesburg”). A curious annotation east of Salem refers to a meeting point of Nonconformists.

Further elements include rhumb lines across the sea and a fleur-de-lis, used as a north arrow. The Dépôt de la Marine seal appears at the bottom of the title, to the upper left of the chart.

Antoine de Sartine (1729-1801) was a French statesman who served during the reign of Louis XV as Lieutenant General of Police of Paris (1759–1774) and under King Louis XVI as Secretary of State for the Navy (1774–1780).

An unusual and beautifully engraved sea chart with historical significance.

Reference: Phillips, P.L., A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 1909; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America. Harry N. Abrams Inc.,1980..

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