West India Islands. / Martinico. / Dominica. / Cul de Sac Royal.
1814 (undated) 20.5 x 23.5 in (52.07 x 59.69 cm)
A fine example of John Thomson's stunning c. 1814 map of the West India islands of Dominica and Martinique. Divided into two sections this map offers spectacular detail of these two picturesque islands. Both sections offer detail t the level of individual buildings noting churches, convents, villages, hospitals and forts. Also notes some sailing hazards and portages. Both also show mountains, rivers, caves, forests, and river systems. In the lower left hand quadrant there is an inset of the Cul de Sac Royal (modern day Fort-de-France. Engraved by Kirkwood and Son of Edinburgh for the 1817 edition of John Thomson's 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, John. A new general atlas, consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the empires, kingdoms, and states in the World. Constructed from the best systematic works, and the most authentic voyages and travels. With a memoir of the progress of geography, a summary of physical geography, and a consulting index to facilitate the finding out of places., (1817 edition)
Very good. Minor offsetting and some spotting along original centerfold. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 1007.072. Phillips (Atlases) 731. Newberry Library: Ayer +135 T4 1817.