Lot 69: (PEPPER TRADE.) Gillis, James D.; and Whipple, Henry. Chart of the West Coast of Sumatra between Rigas and Diah... A New Edition.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (PEPPER TRADE.) Gillis, James D.; and Whipple, Henry. Chart of the West Coast of Sumatra between Rigas and Diah... A New Edition. Engraved chart, extended right and below with three sheets of pen and ink manuscript. 32 1/2x34 inches overall sheet size; backed with two distinct patterned cloths, one western and machine woven, the other block printed and eastern in origin; minor soiling and staining, soft creases. Salem, Mass: Henry Whipple, 1838 [and after]
Notes: Gillis''s chart is quite rare to start, however the considerable manuscript extensions in a near contemporary hand frame this as an extraordinary and unique artifact relating to American interest in the nineteenth century pepper trade. The maker of the supplementary information is unknown, however the Southeast Asian block-printed cloth backing suggests it was created in the region, presumably with the intention of being used aboard a trade vessel.