Place Published: Edinburgh
Publisher: J. & G. Menzies
Date Published: 1829
Description: Map. Engraving with original hand outline. Images measure 19.5" x 23.75".
Comments: This spectacular hand colored 1829 map of Tartary or Central Asia and China extends from Japan east as far as Persia and the Caspian Sea including Tartary, Tibet and Mongolia. Depicts the Mongol Empire of the time, and identifies Karakum, the supposed site of the ancient capital of the Great Genghis Khan. The Gobi Desert is beautifully rendered with elevation rendered by hachure and towns and cities labeled. The map is in good condition with chips along the bottom edge. Lower part of the centerfold exhibits split. Included in the 1829 edition of John Thomson's "New General Atlas".
John Thomson (1777 - 1837) was a Scottish bookseller and publisher active in the early 19th century, who was one of the leaders in Europe who favored detailed and accurate mapping over the decorative and elaborate cartouches that appeared in earlier maps. His most important work was "Thomson's New General Atlas" and his "Atlas of Scotland". Although he went into bankruptcy twice during his career, his maps are today highly desirable for their scale and detail. This is beautiful example of his work.
Condition: very good
Book ID: 210003