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1816 Cary Map of Asia

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1816 Cary Map of Asia



  1809 (undated)     8.5 x 9.5 in (21.59 x 24.13 cm)


A beautiful little production this is John Cary's 181 map of Asia. Centered on Tartary, Cary's map covers Asia from the Mediterranean Sea to Papua New Guinea. Includes the Peros Banhos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Identifies the Great Wall of China. 'Great Tibet' is map as independent of China - an interesting decision at the time. The old capital of the Mongol Khans, Karakorum, is also noted following on the research of D'Anville, which situates it on the engui-Moren River. Also identified are numerous cities, countries, rivers, Islands, mountain passes and various other topographical and political features. Color coded according to national and regional boundaries. Published and engraved by J. Cary as plate no. 19.


John Cary (1754 - 1835) was a London based cartographer active in the early part of the 19th century. Ronald Vere Tooley, the prominent English map historian, writes of Cary, "As an engraver he was elegant and exact with fine clear lettering and great delicacy of touch." Cary began his work as an engraver, cartographer, and globe maker in 1776 with his New and Correct English Atlas. This important atlas represented a new phase in cartography where accuracy and detail rose in prominence over the decorative embellishments of the 18th century. This change was indicative of the times when travel and commerce were expanding globally as never before. Cary's mastery of both engraving and cartography resulted in a series of seminal works that redefined mapmaking in the early 19th century. His stupendous Cary's New Universal Atlas, published in 1808, set the standard for all cartographers who followed. Cary reissued this seminal atlas in 1811, 1819, 1824, 1828, 1833, 1836 and 1844. Cary also did considerable work on the English Ordinance Survey prior to 1805. His cartographic work particularly inspired the Edinburgh school of cartography as represented by John Pinkerton and John Thomson. In America, Cary's work was used as the basis for Tanner's important New American Atlas. Cary's last published atlas appeared posthumously in 1844, however, by 1850 Cary's work was being carried on by his sons and other well-known cartographers including James Wyld, John Tallis & Company, and Crutchley. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Original platemark visible.