1809 Pinkerton Map of Southern Africa
Description: This fascinating hand colored 1809 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Southern Africa. Depicts Africa from Angola south to the Cape Colony (modern South Africa) and east to the Kingdom of Mongall. Also depicts is the Island of Madagascar. Including numerous fascinating Tribal references such as the Kingdom of Abutua, the Shangra Rupande, the land of the Hottentots, and the Empire of the Bororos, among others. Center of the continent is simply labeled “unknown Parts”. Published in July 4th, 1809 by Cadell and Davies for inclusion in Pinkerton’s Modern Atlas.
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Cartographer: John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Pinkerton & his contemporaries (Thomson & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastical beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Pinkerton's principle work is the "Pinkerton's Modern Atlas" published from 1808 through 1815 with a special American reissue by Dobson & Co. in 1818. Today Pinkerton maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their unsurpassed quality, monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and flawless detail. Click here for a list of rare maps from John Pinkerton.
Size: Printed area measures 28 x 20.5 inches (71.12 x 52.07 centimeters)
Condition: Fine or Perfect condition. Wide clean margins. Blank on verso.
Code: SouthernAfrica-pinkerton-1809 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)