Richard Mount and Thomas Page. "A New & Correct Chart of the Island of Jamaica with the Bays, Harbours, Rocks, Soundings &c." From The English Pilot. The Fourth Book â€“ West India Navigation.
London, 1767-1789. 18 x 26 3/4 neat lines. Engraving. With a 1/2" margin added to right side. Hair margins on sides and full margins on top and bottom.The English Pilot was an important British sea-atlas that remained in publication from 1671 to 1803. There were regular complaints from seamen that it was out of date for changes were slow to appear even as other publishers, such as Mount & Page, took over from John Seller who had started it in 1671. Despite complaints, the charts continued to sell because they were inexpensive and captains of small packets or other trading vessels could not afford better. The charts were really not always as bad as the sailors claimed and the maps of the Americas, being newly drawn and not based on the older charts used for much of Europe, were generally better than most. The charts from the Pilot were intended as working charts so there was at least a genuine effort to make them accurate.