By: John Thomson
Date: 1817 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 19.75 x 24.5 inches (44 x 52.7 cm)
This is a finely detailed and beautifully colored map of Korea and Japan, published by John Thomson out of Edinburgh in 1817.
The map shows both countries divided by province with only a portion of Hokkaido (Island of Jesso) appearing in the top right. In the top left portion of the map, an extensive wall of “wooden spikes” is delineated throughout Chinese Tartary. The ocean between Japan and Korea is distinguished as the Sea of Japan, which has always been a name of contention between the two countries.
John Thomson (1777-1840) was a Scottish cartographer based out of Edinburgh who is most well-known for his 1817 New General Atlas. This monumental work provided maps of great detail for nearly every country and island across the world. While other map makers would fill empty and unknown spaces with vignettes and geographical assumptions, Thompson elected to leave such spaces void of any uncertain cartography.
Condition: This map is in A condition with original color on heavy paper and full margins. Light browning from age can be found within the blank areas of the map.
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