By: John Thomson
Date: 1814 (Published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 19.5 x 24 inches (50 x 61 cm)
This spectacular large format map from Thomson’s New General Atlas depicts the Russian Empire in the early 19th century, stretching from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Bering Strait. The map is engraved in the minimalist English style pioneered in the early part of the 19th century, a style which reduced maps’ decorative elements to a minimum. Relief is shown by hachure with towns, cities, and major topographical features identified. Russia’s great river systems are shown in detail. The maps starts in Prussia in the west, and depicts Tartary and Chinese Tartary to the south.
John Thomson (1777 - 1841) was a Scottish cartographer, publisher, and bookbinder active in Edinburgh during the early part of the 19th century. Thomson apprenticed under Edinburgh bookbinder Robert Alison. Thomson was one of the leading publishers in the Edinburgh school of cartography, which flourished in the early decades of the 19th century. Thomson and his contemporaries (Pinkerton and Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favor of detail and accuracy.
Condition: This superb large format map on heavy paper is in A condition. Minimal discoloration of the upper portion of the centerfold. Original coloring.
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