Another map of Quebec, this one issued within a month of the surrender of Quebec. It shows city and its environs including the Island of Orleans. As news of the great British triumph arrived in London, this map would have been studied with great interest by the readers of Gentleman's Magazine. $225
Another map issued shortly after the British capture of the city, showing the region immediately around Quebec. This comes from one of the rarer magazines of the period and it was issued along with an account of Wolfe's victory. In the top right corner is an inset showing the arrangement of the troops. $275
This fine map, issued shortly after the capture of Quebec, shows the positions of all the British and French troops during these events. The map shows the rivers, roads, towns around Quebec, and the lines of the armies, defensive works, encampments, and many ships in the river are all indicated and named. $275
Montreal was the capital of French Canada, their last stronghold in America after the British capture of Quebec in September 1759, just the month before this map was issued. Once Quebec was taken, the obvious next step was to capture Montreal, so a map of this city would have had great interest to the readers of the Universal Magazine. The detail in this map is most impressive, likely based on French sources. The layout of the city itself, and the lands surrounding, is clearly presented, with a few major features explained with a lettered key in the upper left corner. $350
This map illustrates the expedition led by General Lord Jeffrey Amherst against the French at Montreal in 1760, which led to the surrender of the city in September of that year. It shows the region along and south of the St. Lawrence River extending from Quebec to the Thousand Islands, and then around Lake Ontario and to the Niagara River. Forts, Indian tribes, rivers, portages, and other such information is clearly presented. Also included are insets of Montreal Island and of the city itself, indicating its major streets, buildings, and the surrounding fortifications. $275
Thomas Kitchin. "A New Map of the Province of Quebec in North America." From London Magazine. London: R. Baldwin, October 1764. 6 3/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Hand outline color. Very good condition. Ref.: Jolly, Lond.-241.
This detailed map of Quebec province, with the adjoining parts of New England, is an excellent example of fine cartographic work published by the journal. The author is Thomas Kitchin, a prominent English cartographer of the period, and Hydrographer to the King. The province is shown shortly after it was won from the French at the end of the French & Indian war. $225
Thomas Jefferys. "An Exact Chart of the River St. Laurence." London: Robert Sayer, 1775. 23 1/2 x 37 1/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. Excellent condition. Denver.
A chart of the St. Lawrence River by the noted eighteenth century English cartographer Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to George III and the Prince of Wales. Jefferys produced many important maps of America from 1751 until 1768, including this superior chart first issued in 1757. The main source for Jefferys was a map issued in 1702 based on a survey of the river by Jean Deshayes. Deshayes map became the standard chart of the St. Lawrence until James Cook's surveys appeared in the second half of the century. Jefferys translated Deshayes' chart into English, and added an updated depiction of the river from Lake Ontario to Quebec based on J.B.B. D'Anville's 1755 map of Canada This is a sailing chart, complete with soundings, rhumb lines for navigation, written directions, and coastal profiles. The central part of the map shows the river from Anticosti Island to Quebec, and it includes a number of insets such as the one based on D'Anville's map and four others depicting important sections of the river with greater detail. This reissue of the Jefferys map, which appeared in his The American Atlas, was prompted by the growing tensions between the British government and its colonies, that generated an increasing demand for maps of North America. The St. Lawrence River, with its importance for shipping to and from the prosperous Canadian settlements, was of particular interest to readers in London and elsewhere in the English speaking world. $1,200
Antonio Zatta. "La Baja D'Hudson Terra di Labrador e Groenlandia con Le Isole Adiacenti di nuova Projezione." Venice: A. Zatta, 1778. 12 x 16. Copper engraving by G. Giuliani. Outline hand coloring. Very good condition.
An attractive and finely engraved map of Hudson Bay and eastern Canada. This map was produced in 1778 by Antonio Zatta, a Venetian cartographer and publisher. Towns, rivers, lakes and political boundaries are indicated and named. A very decorative eighteenth century map. $175
J. Stockdale. "A Plan of the City of Quebec." From I. Weld, Jr.’s Travels through the States of North America...during 1795, 1796 and 1797. London: J. Stockdale, 1798. 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 (neatlines). Engraving. Folds as issued. Very good condition.
A clear and interesting map of Quebec issued near the end of the eighteenth century. The map was published in Isaac Weld’s work describing his travels through North America between 1795 and 1797. This map focuses on the scene of General Wolfe’s great victory at the end of the French and Indian War. Quebec has always been scenic, and those with interests in the region had every reason to believe that it would be of central interest in any forthcoming clash between Great Britain and the United States. An early English map focusing just on Quebec and with a lovely engraved title cartouche. $175
Maps by John Melish. From A Military and Topographical Atlas of the United States. . Philadelphia: J. Melish, 1813-1815 . Engravings by Henry S. Tanner. Original outline hand color. With folds as issued. Very good condition, except as noted.
The success of his Travels prompted Melish to issue, in 1813, a general map on the "Seat of the War [of 1812]." This map was commercially very successful, so Melish then produced a number of other maps of regions involved in the War, issuing them in A Military and Topographical Atlas. Two years later he issued an updated edition of the Atlas, with the addition of some new maps of new areas of the conflict.
In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. Like all others from Carey & Lea's work, this map shows excellent and very up-to-date detail, providing a fine verbal and graphic picture of the Canadian provinces in the early 19th century. $250
Maps by David Burr. From Universal Atlas. New York: Illman & Pilbrow, 1834. Ca. 10 1/2 x 12 1/2. Engravings by Illman & Pilbrow. Full original color. Very good condition.
Maps by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. These handsome maps of regions of Canada contain excellent detail of rivers, lakes, towns, and political divisions.
Detailed and clearly drawn map of Canadian portions of North America by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of geographical understanding. Such precise views of 19th-century geography are splendid examples of the Society's work. Decorative and informative. $65
"Johnson's New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Id." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863. 12 5/8 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Lightly time-toned; overall, very good condition. $45
"Canada East or Lower Canada and New Brunswick." G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1866. 113/4 x 15 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With inset, "Vicinity of Montreal."
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in that shift, producing crisp, clean maps like this one of Lower Canada. $35
"Map of Ontario in Counties." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1867. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $65
"County Map of Nova Scotia New Brunswick Cape Breton Id. and Pr. Edward's Id." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1871. 13 1/2 x 10 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $50
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