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The sea coast of Nova Scotia [cartographic material]: exhibiting the diversities of the coast, and face of the country near it: the banks, rocks, shoals, soundings, &c. together with remarks and directions for the conveniency of navigation and pilotage : [title page] /



Place of creation



[Des Barres

1 p. ; b. &w. : 73 x 59 cm.

Scope and content

Title page

Cartographic material
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Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27930
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Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27931
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #658
Cartographic material
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Library of Congress class no.
G1107.C6P5 D46 1779 v. 1, pt. 1 #2 1777 copy 7

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Biography / Administrative history

Surveyor and Lieutenant Governor.

Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres (originally Joseph-Frédéric Vallet DesBarres) (1721-1824) was born in November 1721, either in Basel, Switzerland, or in Paris. He was a topographical artists, military engineer, surveyor and map-maker. He was the eldest child of Joseph-Léonard Vallet Des Barres, a Huguenot from the Montbéliard region of France, and Anne-Catherine Cuvier. He was educated in Basel and then at the Royal Military College, Woolwich, England. He entered the British army and served in america during Seven Years' War, taking part in actions at Ticonderoga, Louisbourg and Quebec campaigns, DesBarres undertook surveys of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1763-1773, and between 1774 and 1784 published his fine collection of charts as the Atlantic Neptune published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, in 4 volumes.

He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Cape Breton in 1784 and removed from office in 1787. Later, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, 1804-1812. He died at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27 October 1824, just one month short of 103.

Additional information

From:The Atlantic Neptune, published for the use of the royal navy of Great Britain, by Joseph F. W. Des Barres, under the direction of the right hon'ble, the Lords Commisioners of the admirality. London

Physical condition note
Torn along left margin.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Related materials
For more detailed description see: CARTO G1107.C6P5 D46 1779 v. 1 #2 1777 (AMICUS No. 28938779) ;For other copies see: Carto - G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 1 #46 1775 - H2 (AMICUS No. 28938930) (NMC 28054) ; Carto - G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 1 #46 1776 - copy 1 - H2 (AMICUS No. 28938931) (NMC 28055 (c. 1) ; Carto - G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 1 #46 1781 - H2 (AMICUS No. 28938933)(NMC 28057) ; Carto - G1107.C6P5 D46 1779 v. 2 #6 1779 - H2 (AMICUS No. 28938932) (NMC 28380)

Citation / reference note
Layng, Theodore E. The Des Barres collection, Map Division, Public Archives of Canada, p. 42 #2.
Henry Newton Stevens collection of the Atlantic Neptune, v. 1 #2a; v. 2, p.3, states 1 and 2.

Subject heading

Nova Scotia - Nautical charts - Early works, 1751-1800.