Edinburgh: John Thomson, 1817.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Right image measures 20" x 23 1/2", left image measures 20" x 23 3/4". Both sheets measures 21 1/4" x 49 1/4". Attached set of 2.
This beautiful four part map displays northern and southern India, Nepal, and Cabul.
On the right is the map titled "British India - Southern part", covering the region from Bombay to Chilika Lake, and southward to Cape Comorin and the Gulf of Manara, including part of Ceylon.
On the bottom left is the map titled "British India - Northern part" and displays the mouth of the Ganges River, the Gulf of Cambay, and the Great Sandy Desert. Bordering regions including Nepal, Bhutan, and the Indus Valley. The hand coloring indicates regions designated as 'British India' and Indian Rajah territories. Includes place names, rivers, and topographical features marked by hachure.
The insets in the top left are of the city of Cabul and Nepaul. The Nepal map is especially detailed, showing rivers, place names, roads and mountain passes, military routes of Chinese and Nepalese armies, and residences of important Lamas. The city of Cabul is displayed in the top left quadrant, and also features place names, rivers, and roads. The city limits are visible.
The map is in good condition with some wear and toning to margins, and minor spotting at places. Creasing to corners of left margin. Minor foxing along the original centerfold, not visible when opened.
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.