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RUGGLES, Richard I. A Country So Interesting : The Hudson's Bay Company and Two Centuries of Mapping, 1670-1870. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, (1991). First Edition. Pp (10),ix-xix,(3),3-300,(2),+ 66 plates. Text Maps. Index. Double column. Large oblong 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
A volume in the Rupert's Land Record Society series.
Includes dozens of early maps of the region. Maps were an essential tool for the Hudson's Bay Company and during the two centuries before Confederation the Company became the main mapping agency in British North America for the immense territory extending from Ungava Bay to the Pacific Ocean. In A Country So Interesting Richard Ruggles describes and analyses the mapping activities of more than 160 Company servants and surveyors as well as the contributions of more than 50 Indians and Inuit who drew sketches and provided original configurations. Also included are annotated catalogues of all the maps known to have been produced by the Hudson's Bay Company and sixty-six reproductions of the most important maps and sketches." (from the dj).
Part One: Introduction,
1. Mapping Policy and Records.
2. The Explorers and Map Makers.
3. Field and Office Methods and Equipment.
4. Company Procedures in the Operation of Policy.
Part Two: Investigating a Country So Interesting.
5. London Chart Makers, 1669 to the Late 1720s.
6. The Initiation of Company Mapping:The Late 1720s to 1754.
7. Mapping Rivers and Barren Grounds Inland, 1754-1778.
8. Mapping Inland from the Bay and Over to Athabasca,1778-1794.
9. Mapping to the Columbia and Behind the Eastmain, 1795-1821.
10. Mapping Rupert's Land, the Mackenzie Basin, and the Arctic Shore, 1821-1849.
11. Mapping West of the Mountains, 1821-1849.
12. Pemberton and the Colony of Vancouver's Island, 1849-1859.
13. Exploration and Mapping in the Northwest and the Establishment of Company Land Claims 1849-1859.
14. Mapping Company Land Claims and Exploring Inland Routes, 1859-1870. Afterword.
Part Three: Plates.
Part Four: Catalogues.
A. Manuscript Maps (1670-1870) in the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
B. Hudson's bay Company Manuscript Maps (1670-1870) in Archives Other than the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
C. Hudson's Bay Country Manuscript Maps (1670-1870) Not Located.
Part Five: Appendices, Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, and Index.
1. The Hudson's Bay Company.
2. General Characteristics of the Cartographic Records.
3. General Inventory of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
4. The Catalogues of the Hudson's Bay Company Cartographic Collection.
5. Procedure for Obtaining Latitude on Land by Measuring the Double Meridian Altitude of the Sun.
6. Procedure for Obtaining Longitude by Using the Method of Lunar Distances.
7. Persons Who Prepared Hudson's Bay Company Maps or Charts, 1670-1870.
8. Hudson's Bay Company Employees or Other Non-Native Persons Who Provided Sketches or Descriptions for Maps Prepared by Peter Fidler.
9. Native Persons Who Provided Sketches or Descriptions for Maps Prepared by Peter Fidler and Philip Turnor.
10. Native Persons Who Drafted Map.
With Glossary, Notes, and Bibliography.
Discreet penned gift inscription, else very good in dustjacket. 110.00
Title: A Country So Interesting : The Hudson's Bay Company and Two Centuries of Mapping, 1670-1870. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: McGill-Queens University, Montreal, 1991, ISBN:0773506780: 1991
ISBN Number: 0773506780
ISBN Number 13: 9780773506787
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