'BRITISH ISLES' by John Thomson / Hewitt c.1815
A very detailed and finely executed early 19th century map of Great Britain and Ireland -- with an inset of the Orkney and Shetland Islands -- which was drawn and engraved by Hewitt and published in 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 50.4cms by 61cms.
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. There is some slight ink offset, as with most Thomson maps. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 185 years old.