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French & Indian War magazine maps

By the middle of the eighteenth century, a number of monthly magazines were being published in London. These magazines informed their readers on a variety of subjects, including natural history, topography, sports, and of course current affairs. The British public was fascinated by the events of the war with France and so there was great demand for up-to-date information, especially related to the American theater of battle. The British magazines met this demand with articles and illustrations which they rushed into print as soon as the details became available to them. The following maps appeared in contemporary magazines published in London between 1758 and 1761. These are among the most current illustrations of the events of the French & Indian War which are available to us today.


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

Weld: Quebec City
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.

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. "North America Sheet I. Nova-Scotia with part of New Brunswick and Lower Canada." London: SDUK, 1830-40. Ca. 12 x 15. Engraving. Original outline hand-color. Full margins; with slight chipping. Very good condition.

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., 1874. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $45

"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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