Auction 135, Lot 121

"A Chart of Part of the Coast of Labradore, from Grand Point to Shecatica", Jefferys, Thomas

Subject: Canada

Period: 1770 (dated)

Publication: The North American Pilot

Color: Black & White

Size:
20.5 x 19.4 inches
52.1 x 49.3 cm

After France ceded Canada to Britain at the end of the French and Indian War, Britain set about a thorough and detailed mapping of the newly acquired territory. Hydrographic surveys of the region were immediately ordered, as the waterways were deemed of vital economic importance to the inland fur trade. These surveys, conducted by James Cook, Michael Lane, and Joseph Gilbert, produced the first charts of this extensive and difficult coastline. This handsome chart shows the Labrador coast from Grand Point to Shecatica. It depicts numerous harbors, bays and inlets with soundings and navigational hazards along the coastline. Three inset charts in lower left show Mecatina Harbour, St. Augustine and Cumberland Harbour. The chart is orient with north in the upper right corner. This coastline was surveyed by Michael Lane in 1768. Published by Sayer and Bennett.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #687.

Condition: A

Minor fold separations have been repaired.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/16/2011

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