London, South Kensington
1 April 2015
JOSEPH BOUCHETTE (1774-1797)
Topographical Map of the Province of Lower Canada. London: engraved by J. Walker, . Engraved wallmap in 10 sections with inset plans of Quebec, Montreal and Trois Rivieres and coastal profiles, each section mounted on linen and folding, contained in two contemporary calf carrying cases (East and West), overall size approx. 7280 x 6970mm. (Some browning and offsetting, cases worn). Provenance: James Duke of Montrose (armorial bookplate) – Myles Storr Nigel Kennedy (bookplate).
Topographical Description of the Province of Lower Canada. London: for the author by W. Faden, 1815. 8o (238 x 140mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, 15 maps and aquatint views, some maps folding, 2 letterpress tables. (Heavy stains to frontispiece, title, preliminaries and end leaves, a few plates spotted, folding map of the Ottawa River soiled at inner margin, browned and frayed at outer margin, folding map of the River du Loup cleanly torn.) Late 19th-century blue half calf (extremities worn).
A FINE EXAMPLE OF BOUCHETTE’S WALLMAP OF LOWER CANADA on the magnificent scale of 24 miles to an inch, ‘shewing its division into districts, counties, seigniories and townships with all the lands reserved both for the crown and clergy’. Bouchette had been appointed Surveyor General in 1804, and in 1814 his project to produce a large scale map of the province was ready and presented before the House of Assembly. A public subscription was launched, and he left for England in April that year to arrange for publication; here the project met with so much favour that the cartouche carries Bouchette’s dedication to the Prince of Wales. The descriptive catalogue was published at the same time in both English and French. Sabin 6849.
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