British India, Southern Part.
1816 (dated) 20.5 x 24 in (52.07 x 60.96 cm)
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This fascinating hand colored 1816 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Thomson depicts southern India. Covers from Bombay in the North to the northern part of Ceylon or Sir Lanka. The map is color coded according to the figures that dominated each region. British controlled areas are red, the territory of Nabob of Oude is orange, the Berar Rajah is green, the regions controlled by the King of Candy are brown, etc. Overall a spectacularly highly detailed map of this fascinating region. One of the finest maps of India to appear in the 19th century.
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.
Good. Minor spotting. Print crease along the center of map. Some damage and verso reinforcement near borders.