Rare blue-back chart of St Lucia
By NORIE, John William. , 1182

The Island of St Lucia, Revised by J. W. Norie. 1827. A New Edition.

America Caribbean
  • Author: NORIE, John William.
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published as the Act directs, by J. W. Norie and Co. at the Navigation Warehouse, No.157 Leadenhall Street
  • Publication date: January, 1st 1827.
  • Physical description: Engraved blue-backed chart, insets of Port Carenage and Gros Islet Bay.
  • Dimensions: 710 by 500mm. (28 by 19.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1362


Rare blue-back chart of St Lucia.

At the time of the publication of the chart St Lucia was under the control of the British who had gained control of the island from the French at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

John William Norie (1772 – 1843) was a mathematician, hydrographer, chartmaker and publisher of nautical books. His most famous work was the ‘Epitome of Practical Navigation’ (1805), which became the standard work on navigation and went through many editions. Norie began his career working with William Heather, who ran the Naval Academy and Naval Warehouse in Leadenhall Street from 1795, which sold navigational instruments, charts, and books on navigation. Norie took over the Naval Warehouse after Heather’s retirement and founded the company J.W. Norie and Company in 1813. After Norie’s death the company became Norie and Wilson, then in 1903 Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson.