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Miramichi Bay
London 1777 - From The Atlantic Neptune. At the close of the French and Indian War, Des Barres, the most noted and skilled producer of coastal charts in late eighteenth-century England, was sent to America by the British Admiralty to survey the coasts of the Maritime Provinces. These provinces, so recently acquired from France, had never been adequately mapped, and using the most advanced hydrographic instruments available, Des Barres spent the next ten years constructing a series of charts of unparalleled accuracy and schematic beauty, of crucial importance for military maneuvers on the Northeast Coast. Ultimately the project was expanded to include the entire Atlantic and gulf coasts of North America. At the outset of the American Revolution, Des Barres was assigned the task of compiling his work -- and that of others surveying the coast and shorelines of North America -- into an atlas that would enable the British Navy and Merchant Marines to navigate safely in North American waters. Des Barres returned to England in 1774 and began to prepare his charts for publication. The collected charts appeared as the Atlantic Neptune, a magnificent work consisting of about 275 views, plans and charts, which is considered the first great marine atlas of the eastern seaboard, and by many the most splendid collection of charts ever published. Each volume was composed of charts selected for a particular purpose or mission and thus, no two sets are identical. Sheet size: 21 3/4 x 30 1/4".
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA]
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