Swisserland. Mont Blanc Nearly Three Miles Above the Level of the Sea.
1814 (undated) 24 x 20 in (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
This is an excellent example of John Thomson's 1814 map of Switzerland according to its division into 26 constituent Cantons under the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. Features a splendid view of Mont Blanc in the lower quadrants. This is the first edition of Thomson's map of Switzerland from the 1814 edition of the General Atlas. Subsequent editions of Thomson's General Atlas were published in 1817 and 1826.
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) 1814.
Very good condition. Original centerfold exhibits some verso repair and reinforcement. Blank on verso.