PART OF THE EASTERN MAIN OF HUDSON'S BAY, OTHERWISE CALLED TERRA LABRADOR, EXTENDING NORTHWARD FROM THE STREIGHTS OF BELLE-ISLE, PARTLY INHABITED BY THE ESKIMAUX INDIANS... [manuscript title]
by Atkins, Henry: Leach, J.
[Boston, 1758. Ink and watercolor manuscript map, drawn on two sheets each 10 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches. Sheets disjoined, light staining from glue remnants at inner edges of both sheets. Some dust soiling around edges and in rightmost map quadrant, a few patches of dark dampstaining in and around title area. Minor chips around edges, 2 3/4 inch tear in blank right margin. Light tanning. Good plus. Manuscript coastal survey with watercolor accents of the route of Captain Henry Atkins on his third voyage to Labrador in 1758, charting his course along the eastern coast of Labrador from the Strait of Belle Isle north to Davis Inlet and beyond. The chart marks the track of Atkins route, gives depth soundings approximately every mile, and identifies many of the islands fringing the coast and the bays and inlets along the coast. The title is set in the upper left corner, with scale below, an additional small cartouche to the right noting that a J. Leach made this copy from the original chart drawn up by Atkins, and a large compass rose on each sheet. Henry Atkins made three trips to Labrador in 1729, 1753, and 1758, where he was one of the first whalers to hunt sperm whales so far north on the North American coast, identified several viable fishing areas, and established trade with local Inuits. When he returned nearly thirty years later, he stopped in Boston to attract sponsors, one of whom was the Governor Francis Bernard, in whose papers the original account of the Atkins voyage resides. A unique document of important early exploration of Labrador and the northeastern Canadian coast. (Inventory #: WRCAM52155)
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