1818 (undated) 28 x 20.5 in (71.12 x 52.07 cm)
Pinkerton's extraordinary 1818 map of Egypt. Covers the region centered on the Nile River from its delta along the Mediterranean south to the Island of Philae and the city of Aswan. Notes numerous cities and villages along the river as well as various ancient Egyptian ruins including the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of ancient Thebes. Also offers considerable detail the Valley of Natron with is numerous important Coptic monasteries. Several desert oases are also noted, including Fayoum, Parva (Kharga) and Haled. In the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez, and the Gulf of Aqaba, several undersea shoals and reefs are noted. Also notes Mountain Sinai. Identifies cities, towns, castles, swamps, mountains and river ways. Title plate in the lower left quadrant. Two mile scales, in Arabian Miles and British Statute Miles, also appear in the lower left quadrant.
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. Moderate damp staining in the left hand quadrants. Original centerfold exhibits some wear. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0732.057. Phillips (Atlases) 724. National Maritime Museum, 409.