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1851 Black Map of Canada


Canada, New Brunswick &c.
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Price: $150.00
Title:    Canada, New Brunswick &c.

Description:    A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1851 map of Quebec (Canada east or Lower Canada) and New Brunswick. Following the St. Lawrence River Valley from Montreal eastward to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this map covers what is today Montreal, Quebec, and New Brunswick. An inset map near the bottom margin of the map details Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Prince edward Island.

Canadian provinces and territories were under British and French control from the 16th century, until France gave up its claims in the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Canada would remain a collection of British colonies until its confederation in 1867, when the British Province of Canada was divided into Quebec and Ontario and the British colonies of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia incorporated as Canadian provinces. With the signing of the 1854 Treaty of Reciprocity between the United States and Canada, this area experienced a period of sustained growth and prosperity. The increased international trade that flowed into Quebec via the Hudson Valley inspired popular interest in the region. Montreal, Three Rivers, and St. Francis in particular benefited from the cross-border trade.

Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green and yellow pastels to define boundaries. The map is engraved by S. Hall and issued as plate no. XLVI in the 1851 edition of Black's General Atlas.


Date:    1851 (undated)

Source:    Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.

References:    Rumsey 2305.054 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.

Cartographer:    Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.

Cartographer:    Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.

Size:   Printed area measures 17 x 11.5 inches (43.18 x 29.21 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.

Code:   Canada-black-1851 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)


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