1809 Pinkerton Map of Northern Italy ( Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Milan )
1809 21 x 28 in (53.34 x 71.12 cm)
This fascinating hand colored 1809 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Northern Italy, including Tuscany (Florence / Firenze ), Venice, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Milan. Early Pinkerton maps such as this one offer extraordinary quality and detail that seems almost three dimensional. Possibly the finest map of northern Italy to appear in England in the early 19th century. This map is dated October 19, 1809.
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.