West Indies. Guadaloupe. Antigua. MarieGalante & c.
1815 20.25 x 23.25 in (51.435 x 59.055 cm)
A fine hand colored 1815 map of the West India islands of Antigua, Guadeloupe and Marie Galante. Depicts the islands in considerable detail with attention to rivers, topography, towns and villages, and major port cities. Issued as chart number 65 in the 1814-1815 printing of John Thomson's New General Atlas. Engraved by James Kirkwood of Edinburgh, Scotland..
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.
Very good condition. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Catalogue of maps of Hispanic America, v. 1, p. 245. Rumsey 1007.074.