Stephen J. Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center has been awarded The Pierre Savard Award by the International Council for Canadian Studies for his recent book Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J.F.W. Des Barres, and the Making of The Atlantic Neptune.
The Pierre Savard Awards are designed to recognize and highlight outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic. The awards form part of a strategy that is aimed at promoting, especially throughout the Canadian academic community, works that have been written by members of the Canadian Studies international network. The awards are intended to designate exceptional books, which, being based on a Canadian topic, contribute to a better understanding of Canada.
Stephen J. Hornsby’s Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J.F.W. Des Barres, and the Making of The Atlantic Neptune was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in April 2011. The book examines British surveying and mapping of northeastern North America in the 1760s and early 1770s, and the publication of The Atlantic Neptune, a monumental four-volume nautical atlas. Professor Matthew Edney, University of Southern Maine and Director of the History of Cartography project, comments: “Surveyors of Empire is an outstanding work of scholarship, well grounded in the archive, a project that provides a telling parable of imperial power. Accessible and understated, it should be of interest to a wide array of readers.” The book is lavishly illustrated with maps and historical images.