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Antique Map of the British Isles by: John Thomson, 1815

1815 British Isles

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By: John Thomson

Date: 1815 (Published) Edinburgh

Dimensions: 19.75 x 23.5 inches (50.2 x 60 cm)

This Thomson map of the British Isles was issued just as the UK and its allies had defeated Napoleon, in the middle of the second decade of the 19th century. 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.

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 lovely hand colored map on heavy paper is in C+ condition. A long tear through the image has been repaired with archival material on the verso.

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