1818 (undated) 21 x 28 in (53.34 x 71.12 cm)
A masterpiece. This fascinating hand colored 1818 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Korea (Corea) and Japan. A spectacular, highly detailed map of this fascinating region with spectacular engraving, practically leaps off the page. Possibly the finest British atlas map of Japan and Korea to appear in the 19th century. Drawn by L. Herbert and engraved by Samuel Neele under the direction of John Pinkerton. This map was issued in the scarce American edition of Pinkerton's Modern Atlas, published by Thomas Dobson & Co. of Philadelphia in 1818.
John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Pinkerton & his contemporaries (Thomson & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastical beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Pinkerton's principle work is the "Pinkerton's Modern Atlas" published from 1808 through 1815 with a special American reissue by Dobson & Co. in 1818. Today Pinkerton maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their unsurpassed quality, monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and flawless detail.
Very good condition. Wide clean margins. Some minor transference. a Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0732.035 (British edition). Phillips (Atlases) 724. National Maritime Museum, 409. Phillips (America) page 806.