antique prints, maps and watercolors

(City of Quebec the Capital of Canada) Thomas Jefferys. London 1760. $695.00

"A Plan of the City of Quebec the Capital of Canada"

A good example of Thomas Jeffery's scarce and important plan of Quebec considered the most important and detailed plan of Quebec from the period of the French & Indian War.  Jeffreys' has updated the information on this map from earlier maps prepared prior to the surrender of the City to the British in September 1759.  Earlier states of the map omit battle information, positions of troops, ships and fortifications.  Jefferys' map, oriented with north to the right, shows topography, buildings, fortifications, rivers, and was included in his work, The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America. Giving a particular account of the climate, soil, minerals, animals, vegetables, manufactures, trade, commerce, and languages ... Illustrated by maps and plans of the principal places, collected from the best authorities, and engraved by T. Jefferys, Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. MDCCLX.

This map is considered the most important and detailed plan of Quebec from the period of the French & Indian War.
Our map has been well loved and handled. It has professionally repaired tears, folds, and has been trimmed to its plate mark. It also has an intriguing signature on the reverse in old ox gall ink, "George Washington Virginia." With great excitement we consulted with an autograph authority who has confirmed that it IS NOT the signature of George Washington!

Copperplate engraving on laid paper.
13 1/4 x 20 inches sheet.
Good condition, repaired tears, repaired folds, trimmed to plate mark.