Stock No. 3216MS
Copper-engraved map engraved by J. & G. Menzies, dated 1815, for the first edition of John Thomson’s New General Atlas (1814 -1818). Image 510 x 625 mm., sheet 540 x 730 mm. Original outline and wash hand-colouring. Central vertical fold as issued. Old ms. number top left corner. Short split (14 mm.) at foot of central vertical fold not touching engraved area. A clean, fine example.
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.