1815 18.5 x 13 in (46.99 x 33.02 cm)
This is an attractive 1814 John Thomson map of Attica, Greece. Map features many of the important cities and site in early Greek History. Shows Athens, the Plain of Marathon, Salamis, and the sites of numerous historic ruins. Extends as far west as Megra and as far north as the Ascopus River. Engraved by E. Mitchell for Thomson's General Atlas.
John Thomson was 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 1827 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.
Phillips 731. Newberry Library: Ayer +135 T4 1817. Rumsey 1007.026.