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Gaspe Bay
"A View of the Bay of Gaspe, in the Government of Quebec, Situate in the Gulf of St. Laurence." From Gentleman's Magazine, ca. 1760. 6 x 9 1/2. Engraving. Folds as issued. Very good condition.

The London journal, Gentleman's Magazine, was the source of some of the most interesting and elegant maps and views of North America from the eighteenth century. Through this octavo sized monthly magazine, the English gentleman was kept well informed through fine visual images, as well as articles, about the latest news in the developing colonies. The most up-to-date, authoritative sources were used, making for the dissemination of, and subsequent preservation of, some of the best early historical documents about America. This view of Gaspe Bay in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is typical of the quality of the output of Gentleman's Magazine. $165

Anburey: View of St. John's
"A View of St. John's upon the River Sorell in Canada, with the Redoubts, Works &c. Taken in the Year of 1776, during the late War in America." From Thomas Anburey's Travels Through the Interior Parts of America. London: William Lane, 1789. 7 3/4 x 15 3/4. Complete margins, close and remargined at left. Folds evident as issued. Very good condition. Cresswell, 349.

An early view of St. John's from Anburey's Travels. St. John's was a settlement strategically located on the Richelieu or Sorell River between Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River. It consisted primarily of fortifications. The British built ships there for use on Lake Champlain. Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery led an attack on the fort, capturing it in November, 1775, but the British retook St. John's the following year. $750

Isaac Weld, Jr. From I. Weld, Jr. Travels through the states of North America...during 1795, 1796 and 1797. London: John Stockdale, 1798. Folds as issued. Very good condition.

A charming and unusual view from an early scenic history of America. This print shows a view of the east end of the city of Quebec that Weld saw on his travels through the United States from 1795 to 1797. A sailing ship is shown plying the waters beneath the cliffs to give scale to this high promontory. Focus is on the panorama of wide river, sloping cliff, and looming citadel which commands a view of the Saint Lawrence River in the eighteenth century. Historically important, the heights had been taken by the British under General Wolfe during the French & Indian War, was the scene of Arnold's failed attempt during the American Revolution, and would remain the commanding city of Canada for the next century.

Prints from the Port Folio. Philadelphia, 1809-1827. Images vary; paper size approximately 5 x 8. Engravings and aquatints. Very good condition.

The Port Folio was a new type of American magazine, "Devoted to Useful Science, the Liberal Arts, Legitimate Criticism, and Polite Literature." It was a product of the new century, appearing first in January 1801. It began as a weekly issue until 1809, when it became monthly until its demise at the end of 1827. As with the many magazines that followed it, The Port Folio included numerous illustrations. These are some of the earliest images of North American views available to the general public and they are quite scarce today.

Hall: River St. Lawrence below Quebec
Basil Hall. "The River St. Lawrence Below Quebec." From Forty Etchings from Sketches made with the Camera Lucida, in North America in l827 and l828. Edinburgh: Cadell and Co., 1829. 4 1/2 x 8 1/4. Etching. Very good condition. With text.

Basil Hall traveled across much of North America in the years 1827 and 1828, recording his impressions of the continent both in words and images. These images are of note as having been made using a camera lucida. A camera lucida is a prism that could be set up on a flat surface and pointed at a distant object, casting its outline onto a sheet of paper, which the artist-engineer could then trace. An antecedent to photography, this technique in Hall's description, "enabled the amateur (to) rove where he pleases, possessed of a magical secret for recording the features of Nature with ease and fidelity..." These prints provide us with the most transparently accurate visual portrayal of the condition of America in the first part of the nineteenth century, a portrayal unique and of considerable historical significance. $60

W.M. Craig. "View of Quebec, the Capital of British America." From Malte-Brun's A System of Geography. Boston, 1834. 6 x 8 1/4. Steel engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Very good condition.

A strong engraving of Quebec from across the St. Lawrence from Malte-Brun's System of Geography. The city and fortifications are clearly depicted, with interesting activity on the river in the foreground. $85

Bartlett: Kingston
Prints by William Henry Bartlett. From Nathaniel Parker Willis' Canadian Scenery. London: George Virtue, 1842. Ca. 4 3/4 x 7. Steel engravings. Hand color except as noted. Very good condition.

William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British landscape artist famous for his views of all parts of the world. He made several trips to the United States to gather sketches for his book of views entitled American Scenery. Such was the popularity of this work that he subsequently made a new series of views of Canadian scenes and issued a second volume, entitled Canadian Scenery. This charming collection of natural wonders, architectural monuments and city landmarks was one of the most successful and popular series of such views of the nineteenth century. Of all views of Canada's past, these remain among the most popular.

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Prints issued by Charles Magnus & Co. New York, ca. 1870. Images ca. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2.. Engravings. Hand color. Very good condition.

A series of souvenir prints issued by the New York firm of Charles Magnus & Co. Beginning around the middle of the nineteenth century, regular and bird's-eye views of North American cities became very popular. These were originally issued in a large folio size, but publishers, such as Magnus, soon realized that there was a market for smaller versions of these prints. Magnus was perhaps the most prolific of these publishers and he issued his small engravings in different formats. Some were issued with black painted margins, some with plan margins, and some as illustrations on letter sheets.

J.D. Woodward. "Quebec." From Picturesque Canada. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1874. 5 3/8 x 9 3/4. ngraving by R. Hinshelwood. Very good condition.

A handsome engraving of Quebec from across the St. Lawrence River. It shows the town laid out with good detail and includes an image of the teeming activity on the waterfront. $85


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