Includes a small inset map of Sable Island with the following note: "The N. W. end of the Isle of Sable bears from the Halifax or Sambro Light EbyS 125 miles distant." There are soundings present for most ports, harbours and straits and information on mail routes in the upper right. The outline color marks county and township boundaries and are very different from the present day boundaries. If you look closely there are interesting notes related to geography, navigation and tides. For example, the note over present day Inverness and Victoria counties reads "Land very little known".
This map presents an early example of a common issue with atlas maps of the 19th century: once the map has been detached from the atlas, it can be every difficult to determine which atlas it actually came from because plates were resold and re-purposed extensively. In this case there seem to be only 2 choices: the ca.1831 Edinburgh geographical and historical atlas published by Daniel Lizar and the ca.1842 Lizars' Edinburgh geographical general atlas published by William H. Lizars (Daniel's son). According to Phillips (761, 782) the plate numbers are even the same. Walter was certain this was the 1842 version and this is likely the case as the outline colour of our map differs from the outline colour of the 1831 map available on the David Rumsey web site.
In addition to being published on its own, this map appeared in a number of different publications. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Thomas Jefferys as "cartographer, and publisher; produced some of the most important eighteenth-century maps of the Americas; appointed Geographer to George III in December 1760".
Relief shown pictorially on map depicting settlements in North America by 1762. Shaded countries are those formerly claimed or possessed by France and Space and now ceded to Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War. Capes, bays, and islands are etched including the Great Fishing Bank. Inset map depicts the mouth of the Mississippi.
Cary's map of this area appears to be modelled after J. F. DesBarres Nova Scotia map as it uses many place names from that map and also pinpoints Castle Frederick, DesBarres Nova Scotia home. Later versions of this map from Cary do not include Castle Frederick.
A map of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. An engraving of a view of the habour entrance of Halifax is present in the top right, and a scene from Newfoundland's cod fishery in the bottom right, which is also linked thematically in the border for the entire map. The illustrative elements of the Great Seals of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, are shown. Nova Scotia is divided into counties, and Newfoundland into its historical districts.
The original cartography was based on maps from c.1713. It remained unchanged through it's various printings and states (as late as 1784) giving it a somewhat dated look as compared to other maps published of the area during the same time period.