THE CLASSIC STARTER MAP OF S. ONTARIO & QUEBEC
J. Rapkin, [London Ca 1851
SECOND STATE Steel engraved, outline colour. Scale bar. 5 Vignettes
9 14/16 x 12 14/16 ” (25 x 32.5 cm.)
State II of John Rapkin’s highly decorative map of Canada West, published in the “Illustrated Atlas of the World “ by the London Printing and Publishing Co. ( later John Tallis & Company). This is now one of the most popular and collectable Canadian maps of the nineteenth century as it shows, in considerable detail, the degree of settlement in what is now Southern Ontario and townships along the Lower Ottawa River, and Montreal region of Quebec to 1850. It delineates the the various districts (by colour) and the townships together with Indian territories. Five charming vignettes by Robert Wallis after H. Warren, show Niagara Falls; Indian encampments; weasel; and a fine view of the fort, naval yards and Town of KINGSTON; also the official seal of Upper Canada, replacing the vignettes of the buffalo hunt and beavers respectively of the earlier state. The map is surrounded by an ornate border making this one of the last truly decorative 19th century maps, and as such, has become desirable for those starting a collection of Canadian cartography.