1818 21 x 28 in (53.34 x 71.12 cm)
This fascinating hand colored 1818 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Australia (as New Holland with Van Diemen's land no longer attached), New Zealand (depicts only two islands), and parts of Micronesia and Polynesia (nothing is in quite the right place). Without a doubt, one of the finest and most important maps of the Australia to appear in the 19th century. The map comes from the scarce American edition of Pinkerton's Modern Atlas, published by 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.
Fine or Perfect condition. Wide clean margins. Blank on verso.