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Creator:
Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824.
Title(s):

The Atlantic Neptune.

Published/Created:
London : Published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain by Joseph F.W. Des Barres, Esqr. under the directions of the Right Honble. the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, [1774-1800?]
Physical Description:
1 atlas (8 volumes) : illustrations (some hand colored), maps (some hand colored) ; 83 x 65 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C Cabinet G
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scale:
Scales differ
Notes:
A composite atlas.
Title and imprint (except date) from title page of the 1777 edition (the 1st edition). Date of publication (1774-1800?) from dates of individual maps.
In a pocket in the front board of vol. 1, part 1, is a copy of Nautical Remarks and Observations on the Coasts and Harbours of Nova Scotia, separately published by Des Barres in 1778.
"... Mr. Stevens acquired from time to time such copies of the 'Atlantic Neptune' as were available for purchase. Amongst them was the fine copy of the 1780 issue, in 2 flat volumes, formerly the property of Mr. I. N. Phelps Stokes of New York. This copy forms the basis of the following very fine collection, which may possibly be described as second only to that possessed by the National Maritime Museum.”--Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles, description of the YCBA copy.
Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles. Notes biographical and bibliographical on The Atlantic Neptune, pages 3-10
Fairman, E. "'Wherin all trauailers may vnderstand how to direct their voyages': Maps and Atlases at the Yale Center for British Art from the Bequest of Paul Mellon." In Yale University Library Gazette, 75 (2001), page 113
"The Atlantic Neptune ... [covers] about a thousand miles of coast extending from Quebec down the River St. Lawrence through the Gulph of St. Lawrence along the Coasts of Nova Scotia, New England, New York and southwards to the Gulph of Mexico. This Collection [i.e. the YCBA copy] consists of 179 separate Charts and Views (including Titles, Contents, Prefaces and References) extended to 491 separate and distinct issues. ... This Collection is particularly rich in that wonderful series of Views which were designed to accompany the Charts. Whilst many of them are engraved as insets to the Charts, the more important are engraved on separate plates. Some of them are found two, three, four or even more on one plate, whilst several of the larger and more important Views occupy a whole plate each. They are much scarcer than the Charts for many copies of the 'Atlantic Neptune' were issued without any views at all. Amongst the whole-plate Views in this Collection may be mentioned Annapolis Royal, Halifax (2), Louisbourg (3), Port Hood, Boston (2), Castle William in Boston Harbour, Portsmouth, N.H., Quebec and the famous 'Wooded Heights' View of New York, and The Phoenix and Rose."--Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles.
"The Atlantic Neptune was originally published in 4 volumes with the Charts folded and bound in tall narrow folio (approximately 32 inches high by 14 inches wide). Later issues appeared with the Charts, etc., folded in half, bound in 2 volumes of the same height as before, but nearly twice the width, i.e. about 32 inches high by 25 inches wide. The Stokes-Stevens Collection [i.e. the YCBA copy] has been extended to 8 volumes, of the large flat size, each volume having been supplied with specially written titles and contents sheets. Preceding each separate Chart or View, etc., is a sheet of heavy cartridge paper, on which has been skilfully written ... the title of the item which follows it, together with sufficient data, i.e. imprint, watermark, cartography, etc., for the easy identification of its various issues ..."--Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles. An example annotation: "13. River St. John. 4 issues. (a) Novr. 14, 1776. Bates paper, stippled shoals, Ships in View, View coloured. (b) Feb. 14, 1779. Bates paper, as (a). View in Aquatint. Numbered Pl. 11. (c) Decemr. 1st, 1780. Bates paper, as (b) Numbered Pl. 6. (d) Decemr. 1st, 1780. Bates paper, as (c) but View coloured."
Subject Terms:
Coasts -- North America -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Great Britain. Royal Navy.
Nautical charts -- Atlantic Coast (North America) -- Early works to 1800.
North America -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
North America -- Pictorial works.
Form/Genre:
Atlases.
Composite atlases.
Nautical charts.
Engravings -- 1774-1800.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1774-1800.
Aquatints -- 1774-1800.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1774-1800.
Contributors:
Great Britain. Admiralty.
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  • Volume 1, part 1: General Title to Volume I. 1777, 1779, 1780 N.D. 4 issues
  • 2. Title "Sea Coast of Nova Scotia." 2 issues
  • 3. "Utility of the Atlantic Neptune." Sole issue
  • 4. Preface. 2 issues
  • 5. References. 4 issues
  • 6. General Remarks. 4 issues
  • 7. Tables (Places on Coast of Nova Scotia). 2 issues
  • 8. Contents of Charts and Views of Nova Scotia. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 9. Coast of Nova Scotia, New England, New York, Jersey, etc. 2 sheets. 2 issues * For 2 other issues of this Chart see Nos. 82* and 121
  • 10. Chart of Nova Scotia. 5 issues
  • 11. Two Coloured Views: Grandmanan Island-Campo Bello. 2 issues
  • 12. Two Views : Mechios River-Mechios Mills. 2 issues
  • 13. River St. John. 4 issues
  • 14. Five Views: The Wolves-Grand Manan Island-West of River St. John-River St. John-Pasamaquody Bay. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 15. Isthmus of Nova Scotia. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 16. 4 Views: Cape Blowmedown-Cape Split-Mines Bason-Isle Haut. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 17. Chignecto Bay. 3 sheets. 3 issues
  • 18. Six Views : Isle Haut-Cape Dore-Cape Baptist-Entrance Bason of Mines-Isle Haut-Cape Blowmedown. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 19. Environs of Fort Cumberland. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 20. View of Partridge Island. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 21. S.E. Coast of Bay of Fundy. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 22. Five Views of Annapolis Bason. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 23. View of Annapolis Royal. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 24. Three Views : Grand Passage-Cape St. Mary's-St. Mary's Bay: 1 sheet. 4 issues.
  • Volume 1, part 2: 25. West Coast of Nova Scotia. 4 sheets. 3 issues
  • 26. S.W. Coast of Nova Scotia. 4 sheets. 5 issues
  • 27. Barrington Bay. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 28. Port Amherst and Port Haldimand. 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 29. Port Campbell. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 30. Four Views: S.W. Coast of Nova Scotia-S.W. Coast of Nova Scotia-Seal Isle-Boston Bay. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 31. Three Views: S.W. Coast Nova Scotia-Cape Sable-Coast of New Hampshire. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 32. Port Mills, Port Mansfield, Gambier Harbour. 4 sheets. 4 issues
  • 33. Liverpool Bay. 1 sheet. 4 issues
  • 34. Port Jackson. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 35. King's Bay and Lunenberg. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 36. Mecklenburg Bay. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 37. Charlotte Bay. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 38. Lelth Harbour. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 39. Five Views : Cape Prospect-Haspotagoen-The Ovens-Cape Sable-Cape Sable N.E. by N. 1 sheet. 2 issues.
  • Volume 2, part 1: 40. General Title to Volume II. 1777, 1780, 1781. 3 issues
  • 41. Title "Sea Coast of Nova Scotia." 1 issue
  • 42. Contents of Charts and Views of Nova Scotia. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 43. References. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 44. S.E. Coast of Nova Scotia. 4 sheets. 5 issues
  • 45. Halifax Harbour. 3 sheets. 6 issues
  • 46. Plan of Halifax. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 47. View of Halifax. 1 sheet. 1 issue --47*. View of Town and Harbour of Halifax. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 48. Halifax Harbour. 6 views on 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 49. Egmont Harbour. 1 sheet. 4 issues
  • 50. Keppell Harbour, Knowles Harbour. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 51. Six Views: Cape Egmont-Egmont Harbour-Keppell Harbour-Hincbinbroke River-Chisetcockinlet-Dartmouth Shore. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 52. Spry Harbour, Port Palliser, &c. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 53. White Islands Harbour, &c. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 54. Sandwich Bay. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 55. Torbay. 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 56. White Haven. 1 sheet. 5 issues.
  • 57. Canso Harbour (with inset View). 1 sheet. 6 issues
  • 57*. Printed Directions Canso Harbour and St. Peter's Bay. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 58. Crow Harbour (with inset View). 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 59. St. Peter's Bay (with inset View). 1 sheet. 5 issues.
  • Volume 2, part 2: 60. Milford Haven (with inset View). 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 61. Eight Views : White Islands-Milford Haven-Port Bickerton-Beaver Harbour-Beaver Harbour-Westward of Canso-Beaver Islands-S.E. Point of Nova Scotia. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 62. Conway Harbour. 1 sheet. 7 issues
  • 63. Lenox Passage, Richmond Isles. 3 sheets. 3 issues
  • 64. Six Views : Louisbourg Harbour-Gabbarrus Bay-Richmond Isle-Cape Breton Island-Ramea Isles-Sta. Maria Island. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 65. View from Entrance of Louisbourg Harbour. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 65a. (View) Entrance of Louisbourg Harbour on the Island of Cape Breton. 1 sheet. 1 issue * See also No. 141 for another View of Louisbourg
  • 66. Gut of Canso. 3 sheets. 6 issues
  • 67. North East Coast of Nova Scotia. 3 sheets. 4 issues
  • 68. Coast from Bay Verte to Buctush. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 69. Port Hood. 1 sheet. 4 issues
  • 70. Two Views : Port Hood-Plaister Cliffs, 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 70a & 70b. View of Entrance of Port Hood-View of Plaister Cliffs. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 71. Frederick Bay, Pictou Harbour, &c. 4 sheets. 6 issues
  • 72. Port Shediack and Cocagne. 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 73. Isle of Sable. 2 sheets. 6 issues
  • 74. Five Views of the Isle of Sable. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 75. Seven Views of the Isle of Sable. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 76. Chart of Isle of Sable. 4 sheets. 4 issues
  • 77. View from Camp East End Naked Sands Hills, Isle of Sable. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 78. Remarks on Isle of Sable. 1 sheet. 4 issues.
  • Volume 3, part 1: 79. General Title-page to Volume III. 1780. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 80. Title " Charts ... of New England." 1 sheet. 4 issues
  • 81. Contents. New England. 1 sheet. 5 issues
  • 82. References. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 82*. Coast of Nova Scotia, New England, New York, Jersey, &c. 2 sheets. 1 issue. * See also Nos. 9 & 121 for other issues
  • 83. Coast of NewEngland. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 84. Coast from Judith Point, R.I. to Great Bay, Long Island. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 85. Coast from Rhode Island to Cape Malabar. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 86. The Harbour of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 87. Plan of Newport. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 88. Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 89. Six Views : Cape Page-Sandy Point-Gay Head-Gay Head bearing S.E.-Sankoty Head-Sankoty Head bearing S.W. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 90. Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 91. Massachusetts Bay. 2 sheets. 4 issues
  • 92. Two Views: Cape Cod-Point Shirley. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 93. Plymouth Bay. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 94. Boston Bay. 2 sheets. 4 issues.
  • Volume 3, part 2: 95. Four Views of Boston Harbour: Boston-Agameticus-Boston Bay-Boston Harbour. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 96. Chart of Boston Harbour. 2 sheets, 3 issues, and Printed Leaf of "Nautical Remarks." 2 issues
  • 97. View of Boston on Road to Dorchester. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 98. View of Boston. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 99 & 100. Six Views of Boston: Boston from Willis Creek-Long Island-Country towards Dorchester-View of Boston-View of the Harbour-Front View of Lines. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 101. Coast from Marble Head to Hampton Harbour. 2 sheets. 5 issues
  • 102. Coast from Newbury to Cape Elizabeth. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 103. Coast from Cape Elizabeth to Musketo Island. 2 sheets. 3 issues --104. Falmouth Harbour. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 105. Portland Point and Stage Island. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 106. Piscataqua Harbour. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 107. View of Portsmouth in New Hampshire, from the East Shore. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 108. Two views. Castle William-View of Newcastle. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 109. Coast from Pemaquid Point to Owl's Head Bay. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 110. Coast from Musketo Is. to Skuttock Point. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 111. Entrance into Penobscot Bay. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 112. Penobscot Bay .2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 113. Burnt Coal Is. to Skulock Point. 2 sheets. 3 issues
  • 114. Gouldsborough to Moose Harbour. 3 sheets. 3 issues
  • 115. Grand Manan Island. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 116. Pasamaquody Bay. 2 sheets. 3 issues.
  • Volume 4, part 1: 117. General Title Page to Volume IV, 1780. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 188. Title : Charts of Coast in the St. Lawrence. 1 sheet. 3 issues, 1778, 1780, 1781
  • 119. Contents of St. Lawrence Section. 1 half sheet. 1 issue
  • 120. References. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 121. Coast of Nova Scotia, New England, New York, Jersey and Gulph of St. Lawrence. 2 sheets. 1 issue. *See also Nos. 9 and 82* for other issues --122. Gulph and River of St. Lawrence. 3 sheets. 2 issues
  • 123. River St. Lawrence. 6 sheets. 1 issue
  • 124. Plan of Quebec and Environs. 3 sheets. 1 issue
  • 125. View of Quebec from the Southeast. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 126. River St. Lawrence from Cock Cove to Quebec. 4 sheets. 2 issues
  • 127. N.W. Coast of Gulph of St. Lawrence. 4 sheets. 2 issues
  • 128. Bay of Seven Islands. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 129. Bay of Gaspee. 3 sheets. 3 issues.
  • 130. Bay of Chaleurs. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 131. Bay of Miramichi. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 132. Harbours of Rishibucto and Buctush. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 133. The Magdalen Islands. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 134 & 135. S.E. Coast of Island of St. John. 4 sheets. 3 issues
  • 136. N.E. Coast of Cape Breton Island. 3 sheets. 2 issues
  • 137. S.E. Coast of Cape Breton Island. 4 sheets. 2 issues
  • 138. Cape Breton and St. John's Islands. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 139. Island of Cape Breton. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 140. Harbour of Louisbourg. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 141. View of Louisbourg from the North East. 1 sheet. 1 issue *For other views of Louisbourg see Nos. 65 & 65a.
  • Volume 4, part 2: 142. Title, "Charts of Harbours from New York to Gulph of Mexico. 1 sheet. 2 issues. 1778 & 1780
  • 143. References. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 144. Contents of New York Section. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 145. Coast of New York. New Jersey, Pensilvania, North Carolina, &c. 3 sheets. 2 issues
  • 146. New York Harbour. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 147. Nautical Directions-New York Harbour. Half sheet. 1 issue
  • 148. View of New York (A View of New York from the North West). 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 149. Operations of His Majesty's Fleet and Army under the Command of Viscount Howe. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 150. Phoenix and Rose. View of the Engagement 16th Aug., 1776. 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 151. Reference to Sketch of Operations. (Cf. No. 149). 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 152. Phoenix and Rose. (See No. 150)
  • 153. Five Views: New York Harbour. Highland of Neversunk-Long Island-New York-Sandy Hook Lighthouse-The Narrows. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 154. Western Passage into Long Island Sound from New York up the East River. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 155. Hell Gate, Oyster Bay, Huntington Bay. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 156. Plan of Forts Montgomery and Clinton. (Inset: Part of Hudson River). 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 157. Chart of Delawar Bay. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 158. Chart and Plan of Delawar River. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 159. Environs of Philadelphia. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 160. Plan of the Posts of York and Gloucester. 2 sheets with overlay. 1 issue
  • 161. Harbour of Charlestown. (Inset View). 1 sheet. 3 issues
  • 162. Environs of Charlestown. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 163. Operations before Charlestown. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 164. Sketch of the Battle near Camden. Half sheet. 1 issue
  • 165. Port Royal in South Carolina. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 166. Coast, Rivers and Inlets of Georgia. 1 sheet. 2 issues
  • 167. The Coast of Georgia. 1 sheet. 2 issues *The Second Issue has inset "Plan of the Siege of Savannah."
  • 168. Chart of the Coast of West Florida. 4 sheets. 2 issues
  • 169. The Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola to Apelousa River. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 170. Harbour of St. Augustine. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 171. Mississippi River from Iberville to Yazous. 2 sheets. 2 issues
  • 172. Bay and Harbour of Pensacola. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 173. Harbours of Port Royal and Kingston in Jamaica. 2 sheets. 1 issue
  • 174. Montego Bay-Port Antonio, in Jamaica. 1 sheet. 1 issue
  • 175. Two Views of Havannah. Entrance of Havannah-Harbour of the Town. 1 sheet. 1 issue.

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