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Haliburton, Thomas Chandler, 1796–1865

An historical and statistical account of Nova-Scotia : in two volumes : illustrated by a map of the province, and several engravings / by Thomas C. Haliburton, Esq., barrister at law, and member of the House of Assembly of Nova-Scotia.

Halifax : Published for Joseph Howe, and sold by C.H. Belcher, Robert Scholey, London, and Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1829.
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F1038 .H35 1829
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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The first volume contains: (a) a folding map (15 3/4" x 30") of Nova Scotia, "compiled from the latest surveys expressly for the Historical and statistical account of Nova Scotia, 1829". The map indicates the ancient French and Indian names referred to in the work, and gives the limits of parishes, canal elevations, depths and routes, tide levels, roads and contours; (b) plan of the town of Louisbourg, (p. 100); (c) plan of the harbour and fortifications of Louisbourg, (p. 207). This volume also contains, in addition to the general history: (i) list of the Governors of Nova Scotia; (ii) the commission of John Cabot and sons; (iii) extract of the commission of De Monts; (iv) extract of the grant of Nova Scotia to Sir Wm. Alexander; (v) extract from orders and correspondence relative to the removal of the neutral French.
Vol. 1 also contains an extract from the Novascotian, which gives an account of the proceedings in the House of Assembly on March 27, 1829, when Mr. Haliburton enjoyed the unique distinction of being thanked in his place in the House for his work. The account is much fuller than the extract from the Journals of the House given in vol. 2 of the original edition.
The second volume contains the following engraved plates: view of Halifax from Dartmouth Cove (frontispiece); Province House, Halifax, (p. 17); double page plan of the line of the Shubenacadie Canal (p. 29); plan of proposed canal from Bay Vert to Cumberland Bason (p. 73); view of the front street of Windsor (p. 103); view of the fort and part of the town of Annapolis (p. 159); plan of proposed canal from St. Peter's Bay to Bras d'Or Lake (p. 239); and folding tables of customs duties and payments from the Treasury and statements of trade of various ports in certain years (p. 389). This volume has a chapter on natural history in the province, giving descriptions of animals, and a list of birds, fish and plants. There is also a section of geology and mineralogy, with special reference to the coal deposits.
Engravings by Charles W. Torbett.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 29687
SML,Y Ca54 15: 1 fold. map imperfect; 2 fold. tables wanting.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original blue and brown boards, with printed spine labels. Bookplate: Edwin Stanton Fickes.
Subject Terms:
Chipman, Maria -- Inscription.
Fickes, Edwin Stanton -- Bookplate.
Morse, William Inglis, b. 1874 -- Bookplate.
Nova Scotia -- Description and travel.
Nova Scotia -- History.
Nova Scotia -- Statistics.
Engravings -- 1829.
Howe, Joseph, 1804-1873, publisher.
Belcher, Clement Horton, 1801-1867, bookseller.
Scholey, Robert, bookseller.
Oliver and Boyd (Edinburgh, Scotland), bookseller.
Torbett, Charles W., engraver.

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