1817 21 x 20 in (53.34 x 50.8 cm)
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving, dating to 1814 by the important English mapmaker Pinkerton. It is a representation of the Americas, North and South, from the perspective of the Western Hemisphere. This map is extremely detailed and beautifully hand colored. When it was made, the United States extended no further west than the Mississippi River. The remainder of North America is shown divided between French, Spanish and English powers. Includes all of Polynesia, as well as the Azores. Pinkerton maps are known for their stunning color, awe inspiring size, and magnificent detail. Pinkerton's work, including this map, represents some of the finest cartographic art of 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.
Map is in good condition. Center fold will iron out beautifully for framing. Political boundaries as well as major states, territories, and counties are carefully labeled. All major cities, bodies of water, rivers, mountains, islands, and sub regions are also labeled and defined in vivid full color.