1809 21 x 28 in (53.34 x 71.12 cm)
A masterpiece. This fascinating hand colored 1809 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Korea (Corea) and Japan. A spectacular, highly detailed map of this fascinating region with spectacular engraving, practically leaps off the page. Possibly the finest map of Japan and Korea to appear in the 19th century.
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.
Very good condition. Wide clean margins. Several closed tears that have been professionally restored and backed with Japanese paper – hence the reduced price on what is normally a $700 map..