By: John Thomson
Date: 1816 (Published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 19.75 x 23.25 (50.2 x 59 cm)
This is a spectacular large format map of the southern area of the Indian subcontinent. 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. The map is color coded to distinguish who ruled which regions, with an explanation of the colors used to denote them.
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. Very minor offsetting near the word ‘Bengal’. Original coloring.
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