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Publisher: DES BARRES, J.F.W.
Title: A Chart of Delawar Bay, with Soundings and Nautical Observations. taken by Capt. Andrew Snape Hammond . . . June 1st 1779
Published: London, 1779

Size: 29.3 x 41.5 inches.
74.5 x 105.5 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Paper slightly age-toned and slightly spotted. Center fold as issued. Dark impression on thick paper, with LVG water mark. Short margins.
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Highly detailed chart of Delaware Bay and the mouth of the River, extending from Cape May in the south to Bombay Hook in the north. Des Barres chart of Delaware Bay was unquestionably the most detailed chart of the Bay produced during the colonial period.
taken from the "Atlantic Neptune", and marked in the cartouche "Published according to Act of Parliament June 1st, 1779 by J.F.W. Des Barres Esq".
This superb sea chart constructed for the use of the British Navy.

The Atlantic Neptune is universally recognised as one of the most magnificent atlases ever made.
Examples were frequently carried on board the British war ships operating in American waters during the Revolution.

The Atlantic Neptune is the most celebrated sea atlas and contains the first systematic survey of the east coast of North America.
Upon the conclusion of the Seven Years' War, Britain's empire in North America was greatly expanded, and this required the creation of a master atlas featuring new and accurate sea charts for use by the Royal Navy. Des Barres was charged with this Herculean task, publishing the first volume in London in 1775, which was soon followed by three further volumes.

Des Barres' monumental endeavour eventually featured over 200 charts and views, many being found in several states.
His charts were immensely detailed, featuring both hydrographical and topographical information, and in many cases remained the most authoritative maps of the regions covered for several decades. (Snyder, city of Independence, p.271.

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