Sale 21BP03 | Lot 100

DES BARRES, JOSEPH F. WALLET A Chart of Nova Scotia.

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Lot 100
DES BARRES, JOSEPH F. WALLET A Chart of Nova Scotia.
London: I.F.W. Des Barres, 1 December 1780. Etched and engraved folding map on three sheets joined. Atlas marker "Pl. 5" in upper corner. Overall 62 x 30 inches (158 x 76.5 cm); framed. Well preserved and bright overall, the edges lightly toned, a visible repair along the right neatline and to two tears each about 12 inches into image from the right and left margins, the map does not appear laid-down, unexamined out of frame, backlabel of Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax.

Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres' Atlantic Neptune is considered one of the best and most beautiful collection of maps and sea charts of the 18th century. In the Seven Years' War, Des Barres served as aide-de-camp to General James Wolfe and later was Lieutenant-Governor of both Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. The survey for the Chart of Nova Scotia took over a decade due to the intricacies and length of the coastline. The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection has gone into great detail on the variations of Des Barres' Chart of Nova Scotia and describes this as the 8th and final variant, providing the final updates to place names and topography. Des Barres died at 102 and is buried St. George's (Round) Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The map is rare with no example at auction since 1989 per Rare Book Hub. Phillips, Atlases 3654.


Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

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