Map of the Islands in the Pacific Ocean
Author: Thomson, John
Publisher: New General Atlas
Date published: 1821Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size: 64.5cms x 53.8cms. Image size: 590mm x 494mm. Centrefold as published. Map of the Pacific Ocean from New South Wales and the Ladrones east to Hawaii and the Marquesas. Insets include Hawaii and Tahiti (Owhyhee/ Karakakoo Bay Owh;yhee, Otaheite, Matavia Bay Otaheite). Very good condition apart from a miniscule amount of toning to the blank area and one area of pale grey above N Caledonia.. John Thomson was one of the leading exponents of the Edinburgh school of cartography which reached its zenith between 1800 and 1830. Thomson & his contemporaries such as Pinkerton and Cary redefined European cartography by abandoning such 18th century decorative elements as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favour of detail and accuracy. Thomson's principle works include the Thomson's New General Atlas published from 1814 though 1827 (from which this map originates) and his Atlas of Scotland. The Atlas of Scotland, a work of groundbreaking detail and dedication would eventually bankrupt the Thomson firm in 1830. His maps are prized today for the quality of their detail, their size and the attractiveness of the original colouring.