[Alaska, Bering Strait] Chart of the Northern Passage between Asia & America
Stock No. 3218MS
Copper-engraved map engraved by Neele, dated 1816, for the first edition of John Thomson's New General Atlas (1814 -1818). Image 495 x 590 mm., sheet 540 x 730 mm. Original outline and wash hand-colouring. Central vertical fold as issued. Old ms. number top left corner. Some very faint browning. light dust-marks centre of upper margin, wear to top left-hand edge of sheet, otherwise a clean, fine example.
Includes details of Cook's voyages along the coast, soundings, notes of Indian tribes, conjectures and reports of seas, lakes etc.
John Thomson was an important Scottish cartographer, whose main productions were the New General Atlas and the Atlas of Scotland (1820 - 1832). His maps sacrificed elaborate decoration in the cause of accuracy and detail; so much so, that his expenditure on preparing the Atlas of Scotland led to his bankruptcy.