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Map, Pictorial, Long Island and Eastern Seaboard, Sunken Treasure, Melbourne Brindle, Vintage Print, 1958


Melbourne Brindle (1904-1995) (after)
An Authentic Map of the Eastern Seaboard from Gloucester to Delaware Bay Showing Locations of Sunken Treasure
United States Treasure Maps, Litchfield, Connecticut: 1958
17 x 22.75 inches, image
18.25 x 24 inches, overall

Pictorial map of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Delaware Bay, numbered with locations of shipwrecks, referred to here as “sunken treasure.” The main map prominently features Long Island and the New England coastline along Long Island Sound. Two inset maps show Cape Cod and Southern New Jersey and Delaware respectively. Mountains and forests are drawn pictorially. Sailing ships and a spouting whale are illustrated in the ocean. The waters of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean are shaded with a hatched wave pattern. According to a box in the lower right corner, the information on the map is, “Taken in part from a map drawn in 1774 by Thos. Jefferys, Geographer to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.” A decorative cartouche upper center has the titled within a neoclassical architectural border decorated with a mermaid and a merman and drawings of spyglasses and chests such as might be found with a shipwreck. There is also a decorative compass rose with rhumb lines along the right side of the map. State lines are indicated by dashed lines; major rivers and coastal towns are labeled. The map was originally issued with a separate “key to wreck locations,” no longer present with this example.

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Melbourne Brindle was an Australian-American artist and illustrator. He was born in Melbourne Australia. In 1918, his family immigrated to San Francisco, where he later studied art. During World War II, Mr. Brindle designed War Bond posters. He published illustrations and covers for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines. His book 20 Silver Ghosts of his paintings of Rolls-Royce cars was published in 1971 and reprinted in 1979. Between 1971 and 1982 he designed a number of stamps and cards for the United States Postal Service. In 1958 United States Treasure Maps published two “sunken treasure” pictorial maps of coastal shipwreck locations, one of the Eastern Seaboard and one of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Works by Brindle are in the collections of the Air and Space Museum in Washington, the Society of Illustrators and others.

Full publication information: Authenticated and Published by United States Treasure Maps, Litchfield, Connecticut. Melbourne Brindle, del., Bridgewater, Connecticut. Copyright 1958 by United States Treasure Maps, Litchfield, Conn.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear.


Pace, Eric. “Melbourne Brindle, Artist and Designer Of Stamps, Dies at 90.” New York Times. 2 October 1995. p. 12. (6 January 2021).

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20th Century