Gallery Bookshop Index Queries Contact home Americana Maps NatHist Fine Vanity Views Historical British Sporting Marine AmerInd Rare

The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd.Maps

Antique Maps of Canada

Other map pages:
[ Locations | Map themes & related | Cartographers ]


French & Indian War magazine maps

By the middle of the eighteenth century, a number of monthly magazines were being published in London. These magazines informed their readers on a variety of subjects, including natural history, topography, sports, and of course current affairs. The British public was fascinated by the events of the war with France and so there was great demand for up-to-date information, especially related to the American theater of battle. The British magazines met this demand with articles and illustrations which they rushed into print as soon as the details became available to them. The following maps appeared in contemporary magazines published in London between 1758 and 1761. These are among the most current illustrations of the events of the French & Indian War which are available to us today.


Kitchin: Province of Quebec
Thomas Kitchin. "A New Map of the Province of Quebec in North America." From London Magazine. London: R. Baldwin, October 1764. 6 3/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Hand outline color. Very good condition. Ref.: Jolly, Lond.-241. Denver.

This detailed map of Quebec province, with the adjoining parts of New England, is an excellent example of fine cartographic work published by the journal. The author is Thomas Kitchin, a prominent English cartographer of the period, and Hydrographer to the King. The province is shown shortly after it was won from the French at the end of the French & Indian war. JT OUT ON APPROVAL

Antonio Zatta. "La Baja D'Hudson Terra di Labrador e Groenlandia con Le Isole Adiacenti di nuova Projezione." Venice: A. Zatta, 1778. 12 x 16. Copper engraving by G. Giuliani. Outline hand coloring. Very good condition.

An attractive and finely engraved map of Hudson Bay and eastern Canada. This map was produced in 1778 by Antonio Zatta, a Venetian cartographer and publisher. Towns, rivers, lakes and political boundaries are indicated and named. A very decorative eighteenth century map. $175

Weld: Quebec City
J. Stockdale. "A Plan of the City of Quebec." From I. Weld, Jr.'s Travels through the States of North America...during 1795, 1796 and 1797. London: J. Stockdale, 1798. 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 (neatlines). Engraving. Folds as issued. Very good condition.

A clear and interesting map of Quebec issued near the end of the eighteenth century. The map was published in Isaac Weld's work describing his travels through North America between 1795 and 1797. This map focuses on the scene of General Wolfe's great victory at the end of the French and Indian War. Quebec has always been scenic, and those with interests in the region had every reason to believe that it would be of central interest in any forthcoming clash between Great Britain and the United States. An early English map focusing just on Quebec and with a lovely engraved title cartouche. $175

Cary NOva Scotia Newfoundland 1807
"A New Map of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland &c.From the Latest Authorities." London: J. Cary, 1807. 18 1/8 x 20 3/8. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Some light staining and wear in margins. Otherwise, fine condition. Denver.

A very detailed map of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland by John Cary, the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. Oceans, rivers and lakes are graphically presented, and this together with the contrasting pastel shades of the provinces gives the map a striking appearance. Oceanic banks and shoals are shown, as are the various towns and settlements. Scales are given for French leagues and British miles. A lovely map from an interesting time in the region's history. $ 225

Maps by John Melish. From A Military and Topographical Atlas of the United States. . Philadelphia: J. Melish, 1813-1815 . Engravings by Henry S. Tanner. Original outline hand color. With folds as issued. Very good condition, except as noted.

The success of his Travels prompted Melish to issue, in 1813, a general map on the "Seat of the War [of 1812]." This map was commercially very successful, so Melish then produced a number of other maps of regions involved in the War, issuing them in A Military and Topographical Atlas. Two years later he issued an updated edition of the Atlas, with the addition of some new maps of new areas of the conflict.

Fielding Lucas, Jr. "British Possessions in North America." From A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1822-27. 9 3/4 x 14 1/8 (map); 16 3/8 x 20 3/4. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Very good condition. Denver.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. Like all others from Carey & Lea's work, this map shows excellent and very up-to-date detail, providing a fine verbal and graphic picture of the Canadian provinces in the early 19th century. $250

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. "North America Sheet I. Nova-Scotia with part of New Brunswick and Lower Canada." London: SDUK, 1830-40. Ca. 12 x 15. Engraving. Original outline hand-color. Full margins; with slight chipping. Very good condition.

Detailed and clearly drawn map of Canadian portions of North America by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of geographical understanding. Such precise views of 19th-century geography are splendid examples of the Society's work. Decorative and informative. $65

Burr Upper Canada
Maps by David Burr. From A New Universal Atlas. New York, 1835. Ca. 12 x 10 1/2. Engravings by Illman & Pilbrow. Original hand color. With minor blemishes, but very good condition, except as noted. Denver.

An excellent series of rare maps by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. As a young man, Burr was admitted to the New York Bar, but he soon turned to cartography, working under Simon DeWitt, Surveyor General of New York, surveying roadways in New York. He used this as a stepping stone to producing a state map and state atlas of New York in 1829, only the second atlas of an individual state in the United States. The quality of his work led to his appointment a geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. Shortly after the appearance of his state atlas, Burr began to work on a world atlas, which appeared as the New Universal Atlas in 1835. The maps are dated between 1831 and 1835 and were engraved and published by Illman & Pilbrow, who took more responsibility for completing the atlas when Burr was appointed as geographer for the Post Office in 1832. This is one of the more important early American atlases and the maps are quite scarce.

Mitchell Canada West
"Canada West formerly Upper Canada." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., ca. 1850. 12 3/8 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A lovely map of Canada West, now Ontario, from the esteemed Philadelphia publishing firm of S. Augustus Mitchell. As is typical on Mitchell maps, this example contains up-to-date information which is as attractive as it is accurate. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of Canadian history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. Also of note is the colorful inset map of Lake Superior. A charming map of the area.$85

Cowperthwait Canada East
"Canada East formerly Lower Canada." Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. 1853. 12 3/8 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A lovely map of Canada East, now Quebec, from the Philadelphia publishing firm of Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. The region's cities, rivers, mountains and political boundaries are neatly and accurately displayed. Also of note is the colorful inset map of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the other Maritime islands. A charming map of the area. $65

Colton Northern America
"Northern America. British, Russian & Danish possessions of North America." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original color. Very good condition. Denver.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of northern America, with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. Typical to the period it has a decorative, Victorian border. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $80

"Johnson's New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Id." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863. 12 5/8 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Lightly time-toned; overall, very good condition. $45

"Canada East or Lower Canada and New Brunswick." G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1866. 113/4 x 15 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With inset, "Vicinity of Montreal."

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in that shift, producing crisp, clean maps like this one of Lower Canada. $35

"Map of Ontario in Counties." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1874. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $45

Mitchell Quebec
"Map of Quebec in Counties." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1874. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver. $45

"County Map of Nova Scotia New Brunswick Cape Breton Id. and Pr. Edward's Id." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1871. 13 1/2 x 10 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. $50


OrderPlace Order Order

Maps Spacer Reference BooksSpacer HomeSpacer Site MapSpacer Antique Prints Blog


For more information call, write, fax or e-mail to:

PPS Logo Philadelphia Print Shop
8441 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-4750 [Phone]
(215) 242-6977 [Fax]
PPS West
201 Fillmore Street
Suite 101 (entrance on 2nd Avenue)
Denver, Colorado 80206
(303) 322-4757 [Phone]
(303) 322-0516 [Fax]

©The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. Last updated December 1, 2014