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[Seven views of the Isle of Sable, Nova Scotia] [cartographic material] / 


26 July 1777

Place of creation



Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by J.F.W. Desbarres Esqr.

7 views on 2 sheets : hand col. ; 16 x 101 cm or smaller on sheets 82 x 60 and 83 x 58 cm.

Scope and content

For more detailed description see G1107.C6P5 D46 1779 v. 2 #37 1777 - H2 (AMICUS No. 32664271). For other states and editions see: CARTO G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 6 #80 1776 - H2 (AMICUS No. 32664261) ; Carto - G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 6 #80 1779 - H2 (AMICUS No. 32990716) ; Carto - G1107.C6P5 D47 1784 v. 2 pt. 6 #80 1781 - H2 (AMICUS No. 32664281)

Cartographic material
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #658i
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Library of Congress class no.
G1107.C6P5 D46 1779 v. 2 #37 1777 - H2

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

Includes seven views: North shore -- Wreckers den near the Pond on the Isle of Sable -- Eastern end of Isle Sable from the southward 4 leagues distant -- South shore 4 leagues distant -- Western point from the southward 3 leagues distant -- Entrance of the Pond- west end of the Isle of Sable -- North shore of Isle Sable, 2 miles distant

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

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterimate.

Citation / reference note
Henry Newton Stevens collection of the Atlantic Neptune, v. 1 #75b; v. 2, p. 165-166 state 2.
Layng, Theodore E. Desbarres collection, Map Division, Public Archives of Canada, p. 58 #80[a].

Subject heading

1. Nova Scotia - Sable Island - Views - Early works 1751-1800.
2. Nova Scotia - Sable Island - Horses - Views - Early works 1751-1800.
3. Nova Scotia - Sable Island - Camps - Views - Early works 1751-1800.