This exhibition catalog completes a project begun by the late Coolie Verner. The catalog illustrates 50 maps showing the Canadian West. Some, like the Purchas/Briggs North America and the Jaillot North America, will be familiar to the collector. A 1938 Canadian airmail route map may not be quite so familiar. An introductory essay on the exploration of western Canada and essays accompanying each map are informative and interesting. I do not agree that the Purchas/Briggs map is "sedate" because "English map engraving was in its infancy." The engraver of that map previously engraved a beautiful version of the Boazio Ireland. The book is finely produced, although the black-and-white illustrations in some cases should have been reproduced with higher contrast. A subsidy from the Canada Council has resulted in a bargain that no sane collector of Canadian maps should pass up.
David C. Jolly, 1985
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