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Detailed map of thhe Isle of Orleans (Isle d'Orléans) and the environs of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, published in the Gentlemans Magazine.

The map depicts the region from the Falls of Chaudiere (Chutes de la Chaudière) to Cape Torment and from the territory north of the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River to just south of the South Channel of the St. Lawrence River.

Numerous locations throughout the region are labeled, including Charleburg, St. Laurent, St. Jean, Beaumont, and Argenthal. Madam Island and the Isle au Rots in the South Channel are also labeled. Montmorency Falls (Chutes Monmorency) are noted as Falls of Montmorenci, northeast of Quebec City.

Gentleman's Magazine Biography

The Gentleman’s Magazine was a British publication that helped to normalize the use of maps in support of articles and features. It was founded in 1731 by the prominent London publisher Edward Cave, a pioneer in periodical journalism. The magazine continued in print for nearly two centuries, shuttering production in 1922.

This was the publication which first used the word “magazine”, from the French for storehouse. Cave wanted to create a storehouse of knowledge and he employed some of London’s best writers to fill his pages: Samuel Johnson gained his first regular employment by writing for the Gentleman’s Magazine. Other famous contributors included Jonathan Swift.

The publication covered a broad range of topics, from literature to politics, and, from 1739, frequently used maps as illustrations. The first map they printed was a woodcut of Crimea; the second was a fold-out map of Ukraine by Emanuel Bowen. Maps were used to show battle lines, to chronicle voyages, and to educate about areas with which Britain traded. Certain geographers, like Thomas Jefferys, contributed several maps to the publication.