1815 (dated) 24 x 20 in (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
This is an exceptionally fine example of John Thomson's 1814 map of Ireland. Thomson uses color coding to break down the island into its many counties. The whole is beautifully engraved in the minimalist English style pioneered in the early part of the 19th century. Relief is shown by hachure with towns, roadways, cities, and major topographical features identified.
This map is a steel plate engraving by Samuel John Neele and was prepared by John Thomson for inclusion in the 1817 edition of Thomson's New 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.
Thomson, J. A New General Atlas, (Edinburgh) 1817.
Very good condition. Original centerfold exhibits some minor verso repair and reinforcement on the right side. Some offsetting. Original plate mark visible. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 1007.011. Phillips (Atlases) 731. Newberry Library: Ayer 135 T4 1817.