'WEST INDIES.' by John Thomson / Kirkwood & Son c.1821
A very finely engraved, detailed and attractive early 19th century map of the West Indies which appeared 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 59.4cms by 50cms.
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; there is some very slight age toning and a couple of small tears in the top margin but well away from the printed area. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 185 years old.