1814 18.5 x 20.5 in (46.99 x 52.07 cm)
This fascinating hand colored 1815 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Thomson depicts North and South America, parts of the South Pacific, and the western parts of Europe and Africa. Shows the political borders as they existed at the time. Numerous geographical error in the mapping of the western ad Northern parts of North America are indicative of the largely unexplored state of the region. Includes the mythological Aurora island west of the Falklands. Greenland connects to the arctic wastes. Texas is not labeled but the Mission de los Teajas, from which the name is derived, is noted. Magnificent size, beautiful color, and high detail make this one of the finest maps of the Americas to appear in the early 19th century. Worthy of note: his particular map comes from the rare unfolded edition of the Thomson's atlas, and this does not suffer from a disfiguring centerfold or glue discolorations. If you are considering the purchase of a Thomson's America, this is the one you want.
Thomson's New General Atlas was first published in 1817 and continued to be published until about 1821. This is the first of Thomson's major cartographic works and the atlas for which is most celebrated. The New General Atlas follows in the Edinburgh School, which eschews excessive decoration in favor of a more minimalized fact -based cartographic vision, as established by John Pinkerton and others in the previous decades. The maps are notable for their massive scale, heavy stock, elegant color work, and easy-to-read typefaces. Although the atlas stopped being published after 1821, Thomson continued to offer 'supplementary' maps that could be tipped into the atlas as late as 1830, when he declared bankruptcy. The maps in the Thomson Atlas were engraved by Thomas Clerk, William Dassauville, Nathaniel Rogers Hewitt, James Kirkwood, Robert Kirkwood, John Menzies, George Menzies, Edward Mitchell, John Moffatt, Samuel John Neele, Robert Scott, and James Wyld.John Thomson (fl. 1804 - 1837) was a Scottish cartographer, publisher and bookbinder active in Edinburgh during the early part of the 19th century. Thomson is generally one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Thomson & his contemporaries (Pinkerton & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Thomson's principle works include the Thomson's New General Atlas, published from 1814 to 1821 and his Atlas of Scotland. The "Atlas of Scotland, a work of groundbreaking detail and dedication would eventually bankrupt the Thomson firm in 1830. Today Thomson maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and superb detail.
Fine or Perfect condition. Wide margins. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.