'THE BRITISH CHANNEL.' by John Thomson / J. & G. Menzies c.1814
An interesting and finely produced early 19th century coastal map of the English Channel which was engraved by J. & G. Menzies and published in John Thomson's New General Atlas of the World (Edinburgh: John Thomson & Co., c.1814-1828).
John Thomson (1777-1837) was an Edinburgh based Scottish cartographer and publisher. Along with names such as John Pinkerton and John Cary, he redefined early 19th century cartography and helped establish Britain as the world leader in map making. Whereas earlier maps had had an ornamental charm, Thomson's were based on a scientific rationale that demanded detail, quality and accuracy. His most celebrated work was his ''New General Atlas' which was published from 1814 to 1828 and is particularly noted for its fine original hand / wash colour.
- This is an original copper engraving with fine original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 63.6cms by 53cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins. There is some slight ink / wash colour offset -- as with most Thomson maps -- which is less pronounced in natural light. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 185 years old.