London: Caldell & Davies, 1815. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 20" x 27.75"
This large map depicts the southern part of Mexico with the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as parts of Guatemala and modern-day Belize. Its most remarkable feature is its topographical detail, which is among the best recorded in a British atlas. The map provides an informative view of the country's major watersheds and volcanoes with fine engraving. It was published in Pinkerton' "Modern Atlas" and is in very good condition. Minor wear to the center fold. Some chips to the margins not affecting the image. John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was a prominent English mapmaker known for his large and impeccably detailed maps. In this manner, his work marks a turning point from the earlier emphasis on decoration toward a greater emphasis on information. His "Modern Atlas" is one of the best British atlases of the period and is a fine example of his work.