Auction 134, Lot 116

"A Plan of the Harbour of Chebucto and Town of Halifax",

Subject: Halifax, Canada

Period: 1750 (published)

Publication: Gentlemen's Magazine

Color: Black & White

Size:
10.6 x 8.6 inches
26.9 x 21.8 cm

This very attractive and early map of the town of Halifax and vicinity is commonly referred to as The Porcupine Map for its awkward depiction of a porcupine at lower right. The top of the map is oriented to the west. It includes Bedford "formerly call'd Torrington Bay," Cornwallis Island and a grid plan of Halifax with fortifications. The map is decorated with coats of arms, the Ensign of Nova Scotia, a Musk Beetle and the Orange Underwing Tyger and White Admirable butterflies. The seven coats-of-arms are of the baronets of Nova Scotia and include those of Pinkington, Pickering, Longueville, Musgrave, Meredith, Slingsby, and Gascoigne. Issued in the July 1750 issue of Gentlemen's Magazine. Kershaw attributes the map to Moses Harris due to his initials appearing in the vegetation below the title block. However, Jolly credits Thomas Jefferys because the butterflies depicted were a part of a collection advertised in the associated article as being on display at Jefferys' address in Caring Cross.

References: Jolly GENT-70; Kershaw #813; Sellers & Van Ee #450.

Condition: A

Very nice uncolored example, folding as issued. One vertical fold with a couple of extra crease lines and some faint offsetting visible in blank areas.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/1/2010

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