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Original Color Example of Oakley's Plan of Quebec

Striking old color example of Edward Oakley's Plan of Quebec, first published by John Rocque in January, 1759.

Oakley's plan depicts the fortifications of Quebec, with an account of a naval battle in the inset. The text provides a brief history of Quebec, dating back to Champlain, with an account of the British Sieges of Quebec in 1690 (William Phipps), 1711 (Walker & Hill commanders), and 1746 (Admiral Lestock).

The map was issued in 1759, shortly after the British had completed the capture of Quebec in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. the map includes two insets:

  • "The Port & Environs of Quebec, as it was when Attack'd by the English" shows Phipps's squadron of 34 ships during the attempt to capture Quebec in 1690.
  • "A Draught of the port of the River St. Laurence" shows the general region, including the maritime approaches to the city around the Ile d'Orléans.

The present example is the second state of the map, with the addition made in October 1759 of the inset at the top right corner "A Draught of the port of the River St. Laurence."

For the first state of the map, click here: /gallery/detail/43876

Condition Description
Old Color.
Stevens & Tree, 72b; Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, vol. 4, no. 1062, plate 821.