John Thomson

John Thomson

John Thomson (1777-ca. 1840) was a commercial map publisher active in Edinburgh. He specialized in guide books and atlases and is primarily known for his Atlas of Scotland (1832) and the New General Atlas, first published in 1817 and reissued for the next quarter century. The New General Atlas was a commercial success—it was also published in Dublin and London—and it compiled existing geographic knowledge in compelling ways for a wide audience.

His Atlas of Scotland introduced new geographic information and was the first large-scale atlas of Scotland to be organized by county. It provided the most-accurate view of Scotland available before the Clearances. Work on the atlas began in 1820 and led to Thomson’s bankruptcy in 1830 due to the high costs of gathering the latest surveys and reviewing the required materials. Despite the publication of the atlas, Thomson declared bankruptcy again in 1835.


1817 - Northern Hindostan [with] Nepaul [with] Cabul

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Fascinating regional map of Northern India, colored by regions and showing the lands controlled by the British, Nabob of Oude, Berar Rajah, Nizam, Nysore Rajah, Mahrattas, Travancore, and King of Candy. Large insets of Cabul and Nepal. The map of...


1816 - Northern Hemisphere Projected On The Plan of The Horizon of London By Geo. Buchanan

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Interesting and highly detailed map of the Northern Hemisphere, published by John Thomson. Includes an unusual orientation such that all of Asia, Europe, Africa and North America are shown. Includes the tracks from Cook's voyages, along with dates...


1820 - United States and Additions. 1820

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A Manifest Destiny Map - One of the Earliest Maps of The United States Extending To The Pacific Ocean Fine example of John Thomson's coast to coast map of the United States, published in Edinburgh in 1820. Thomson's map of the US is one of the...


1814 - Northern Provinces of the United States

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Interesting map of the Northeastern part of the United States, bounded by New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, etc. Indiana appears in northern Virginia. Connecticut reserve appears on the Cuyahoga River. The...


1814 - Spanish North America

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Large detailed English language map of Texas and the Southwest, published in Edinburgh by Thomson. The map is largely based upon the explorations of Humboldt and Long in the Rocky Mountains and the West. It includes extensive notes along the lower...


1816 - Chart of the Northern Passage Between Asia & America

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Scarce map of the NW Passage, the NW Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia. The map extensively tracks the voyages of Captain James Cook beyond the Bering Straits on a nearly daily basis in 1778 and 1779. In the Arctic Sea, a note regarding McKenzie's...


1814 - North America

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A Fine Lewis & Clark era Map of North America Fine large format map of North America, reporting on some of the discoveries of Lewis & Clark, published by Thomson in 1814. West of the Rocky Mountains, the map shows pre-Lewis & Clark...


1814 - St. Vincent [and] Barbadoes

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Detailed maps of the islands of Jamaica and St. Vincent, published by John Thomson in Edinburg. The map includes topographical details, parishes, towns, rivers, bays, points, etc. Among the best obtainable large format maps of the two islands during...


1817 - West India Islands [Curacao, Trinidad, Grenada and Tobago] [4 maps on 1 sheet]

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Nice example of this detailed set of 4 maps, each in outline color with a compass rose. Excellent detail in each of the islands, includng roads, rivers, towns, bays, harbors and topographical details.


1816 - Spanish North America -- Southern Part

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Attractive map of the region from the Bay of Honduras to Panama and the Gulf of Darian, extending to Jamaica.


1815 - Jamaica (with insets of Kingston and Port Royal Harbors and Bluefields)

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Detailed map of Jamaica, based upon Jefferys map of 1775. Includes large insets of the Harbors of Kingston and Port Royal and of Bluefields. Gorgeous topographical details. One of the best large format English maps of the period.


1817 - Remote British Islands (Isles of Wight, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney, Jersey, Scilly, and Mann)

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Group of 5 maps of the Channel Islands, Scilly, Jersey, the Isle of Mann and the Isle of Wight. Engraved views of the Eddystone Lighthouse and Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, with Needle Rock in the background.


1817 - The British Channel

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Detailed map of the Channel and the features along the French and British Coastlines. Large detailed map.


1817 - The Netherlands

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Detailed map of the Belgian Netherlands, including Roer, Rhin & Moselle, Mont-Tonnerre, Saare, Fortes, Sambre & Meuse, Jemmapes, Lys, Escaut, Deux-Nethes, Meuse Inferieure, L'Ourt, and Dyle. Large detailed map.


1817 - Chart of the Mediterranean Sea [Cyprus]

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Nice example of the Mediterranean chart from Thomson's New General Atlas. The chart focuses on coastlines and coastal cities in the manner of early Discovery Era portolan charts. The main chart of the Mediterranean basin is surrounded by seven inset...


1815 - China

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Striking large format map of China, colored by provinces. Shows towns, rivers, roads, the Grand Canal, islands, mountains, etc. The Tract of the Hindoostan & Lion with the British Embassy to China is shown.