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A Chart of ye north part of America, for Hudson Bay comonly called ye North West Passage [cartographic material] / 


[ca. 1677]



Place of creation


1 map : hand col., ill. ; 42 x 53 cm on sheet 45 x 57 cm.
Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27808
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
263 Item no. assigned by LAC 263
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H3/1000/[1677-79], copy 1

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada. Copyright expired.

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Depths shown by soundings.

Copperplate engraving.

Includes rhumb lines and compass rose.

Includes illustrations of ships and a decorative title cartouche depicting native Americans and animals.

"40" has been added to upper right margin.

Includes a seal in the center of the map which bears the following inscription "Honi soit qui mal y pense".

From: Atlas Maritimus.

Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 263.

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

Related materials
For other copy of this map see: A/1000/[1677-79] (NMC 45762)

Cartographic math data
Includes 3 bar scales: English and French leagues 20 to a degree -- Lagueas de Spania 17 1/2 un grada -- Duytsche mylen 15 in een grudt.

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 494, p. 126-127, State 1, c.1677.
Kershaw, vol. 1, Entry 214, p. 205, State 1

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 27808.

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, April 1958 entitled "Up North: The Discovery and Mapping of the Canadian Arctic, 1511-1944" showcasing MacDonald's Collection

Subject heading

1. Arctic regions
2. Hudson Bay Region - Maps - Early works to 1800.