1818 Pinkerton Map of Jersey, Guernsey, Scilly and Shetland, British Isles
Remote British Isles. ⁄ Scilly Isles. ⁄ Shetland Isles. ⁄ Jersey and Guernsey
1818 (undated) 28 x 20.5 in (71.12 x 52.07 cm)
Pinkerton's extraordinary 1818 map of the 'Remote British Isles.' Essentially three maps in one, this chart depicts the Scilly Isles, the Shetland Isles and the Jersey and Guernsey Islands. Upper left map depicts the Scilly Isles, naming each, and identifying various undersea dangers in the channels between the islands. Upper right map details the Shetland Isles, naming each as well as offering inland details. The lower half of this map is dedicated to the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderny. Also includes a significant portion of adjacent France. Shows numerous undersea dangers and shoals in the English Channel and around the islands.
Drawn by L. Herbert and engraved by Samuel Neele under the direction of John Pinkerton. This map comes from 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.
Thomas Dobson was an American publisher active in Philadelphia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dobson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1751 and emigrated to Philadelphia c. 1780. In Philadelphia, he established a successful printing business by republishing edited and updated versions of important British reference materials in matching quality but at a much lower price point. He is best known for publishing the first American edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He also published America's first Hebrew Bible. Cartographically Dobson's most notable work is 1818 republication of Pinkerton's fantastic Modern Atlas.
Pinkerton, J., A Modern Atlas, from the Lates and Best Authorities, Exhibiting the Various Divisions of the World with its chief Empires, Kingdoms, and States; in Sixty Maps, carefully reduced from the Larges and Most Authentic Sources. 1818, Philadelphia, Thomas Dobson Edition.
Good condition. Mild to moderate damp staining in lower quadrants. Original centerfold exhibits some toning. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0732.014. Phillips (Atlases) 724. National Maritime Museum, 409.