A large, attractive and detailed early 19th century map of China which was engraved by Samuel Neele and published in John Pinkerton's Modern Atlas (London: Cadell & Davies, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1814/1815).
John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was an eminent Scottish antiquarian and cartographer. Along with illustrious names such as John Thomson & co. and John Cary, he redefined cartography and helped establish Britain as the world leader in map making during the early 19th century. Whereas 18th century maps had had an ornamental charm, Pinkerton's were based on a scientific rationale that demanded detail, quality and accuracy. His most noted work was his 'Modern Atlas' which was published from 1808 to 1815 with an additional American version by Dobson & co. in 1818.
This is an original copperplate engraving with fine original hand colour.
Printed area is approximately 51.5cms by 57.5cms (including title & imprint).
The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centrefold, as issued. Slight age toning and minor offset. Click on image for a better view.