Title: Mapmaker's Eye : Nova Scotia Through Early Maps. First Edtion.
Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited / Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax , 1988, ISBN:0921054122 1988
ISBN Number: 0921054122 / 9780921054122
Seller ID: 94324
DAWSON, Joan. The Mapmaker's Eye : Nova Scotia Through Early Maps. Halifax, Nova Scotia : Nimbus Publishing Limited / Nova Scotia Museum, 1988. First Edition. Pp (7),viii-x,1-156,(2). Partly double and triple column. Illustrated. Oblong 8vo, illustrated grey card covers.
Joan Dawson (b. 1932 London, England) teacher, geographer, and cartographic historian.
"In this book the author has taken a unique approach to old maps of Nova Scotia made between the arrival of the first explorers and the year 1800. Rather than treating them merely as graphic presentations of the land, she takes a broader view and interprets them in terms of what they can tell us about the development of Nova Scotian culture and industrial landscape, and about peoples' changing perceptions of it. Seventy maps illustrate the themes of mapmaking, fishing, farming, mining and forestry, forts and harbours, and settlement and transportation. From Port Royal to Louisbourg, the Isthmus of Chignecto to LaHave, Joan Dawson lets us see, through the eyes of the people who made the maps, such things as the disputed fishery at Canso, the rival Chignecto forts and a spy's report on Halifax." - from the rear cover.
Contents: 1. Prologue: First Impressions; 2. The Maps and the Mapmakers; 3. FIshing: The Ports and the Banks; 4. Farming and Food Production: The Acadians and their Successors; 5. Minerals, Wood and Water: Industrial Beginnings; 6. Forts and Harbours: Military and Naval Strength; 7. Habitation and Settlement: Community Growth; 8. Inland Transportation: Roads, Rivers and Portages.
Very good. Getting uncommon. 55.00