[London.]: James Basire sculp. Luke Hansard & Sons, Printers. 1825. Item #3661
A fascinating map of the westernmost portion of the British Virgin Islands. In addition to Anegada, the map includes Musquito, Prickley Pear, Necker Island, Eustatia and a portion of Virgin Corda [sic]. Details on Anegada include "Pyramids of Conch Shells left by the Charaibe Indians" and a "Natural Canal, known but by few of the Inhabitants." The most striking aspect of the chart is the identification -- often by name and date -- of more than 30 shipwrecks. One of these, the "Donna Paula with Slaves... 1819" is highlighted in red with a pointing finger. Above top neat line: "I. Papers Relating to Captured Negroes." Below lower neat line: "Ordered by The House of Commons to be Printed, 16th March 1825. Maps from British Parliamentary reports of this time period are quite uncommon; we find no listing of the map in the Antique Map Price Record through its 26-volume run.