Auction 178, Lot 77

"Church's Mineral Map of Nova Scotia", Church, Ambrose F.

Subject: Nova Scotia

Period: 1889 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

58.1 x 46.8 inches
147.6 x 118.9 cm

This scarce map of Nova Scotia reflects the boom in gold and coal mining in the region in the latter half of the 19th century. Counties are delineated, and there is good topographical detail throughout the map. A key at left identifies locations of gold, coal, copper, iron, lead and silver, and other valuable minerals, as well as railways, banks, boundaries, and more. Tables surrounding the map show data related to the mineral trade and the area and population of the various counties in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. There is text by Edwin Gilpin, the Government Inspector of Mines for the Provinces of Nova Scotia, describing the minerals in the region. Color lithography by the Canada Bank Note Co.


Condition: B

Dissected and backed in linen, as issued, with some soiling. There are three pairs of holes along the folds at top and bottom with small loss of image, and a 2" triangular chip out of the map image at center. There are several additional small chips and tears along the folds, especially concentrated around the text and tables at bottom right.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/10/2020