1814 20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.96 cm)
A magnificent map and the rarest of the Thomson India series. This is the 1814 map of India with inset maps of the Ganges River by Edinburgh cartographer John Thomson. Depicts the whole of India from Lahore to the idle of Ceylon (Shi Lanka). Right hand side of the map is dedicated to a careful mapping of the Ganges River. Includes a cross-section of the Ganges, a map of the course of the Ganges in the dry season, and a map of the Inland Navigations routes along the river from the Bay of Bengal to Allahabad. This map's magnificent size, beautiful color, and high detail make this one of the finest maps of this region to appear in the early 19th century.
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.
Fine or Perfect condition. Wide clean margins. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.